NYAHURURU, Kenya, Mar 30 – A middle aged woman was on Tuesday trampled to death by a stray elephant at Wiyumiririe area adjacent to the vast Aberdare forest.
The victim was in a group of eight women who had gone to fetch firewood when the jumbo ambushed them at around 10am. According to eyewitnesses, her colleagues scampered for safety leaving the woman behind when she was trampled to death.
“The elephant just appeared from the bush forcing us to flee away in the forest. That is when we heard the woman screaming for help. It is after about 10 minutes that we found her writhing in pain and we could not help. It was so frightening,” Mary Muthoni, her friend told Capital News.
She told reporters that it is while they were trying to get help that the woman, a mother of two succumbed to injuries.
The Kenya Wildlife Service Warden-in-Charge of the Aberdare region Sgt. Simon Wachiuri who confirmed the incident said the jumbo was believed to have strayed from the Aberdare forest.
He said that the officers from the service were searching for the elephant so it could be returned to the park.
“A team of officers has already been sent to survey the ground. We believe that it might have strayed from the park,” he said.
The body of the deceased was moved to Nyahururu district hospital mortuary.
Mr. Wilfred Motaro’s criminal case was dismissed today Monday 03/29/10, but he has immigration case against him sources say. He has to deposit $ 5,000.00 bond for immigration case. He did not appear in court but his lawyer with the prosecutor appeared before the Judge.
He was arrested last year for receiving a box containing drugs that was not his in Jersey city, NJ at his business.
Tuesday 03/30/2010: He was released on bond from Hudson County Correctional Facilty.
BY JUDIE KABERIA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Pre-Trial Chambers is expected to give a ruling on the Kenyan situation on Wednesday.
A source told Capital News that the judges will either accept or reject ICC Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo’s application to commence investigations into the 2008 post-election violence.
If he gets the go ahead, Mr Ocampo will launch investigations to establish the main suspects out of the list of 20 he handed over to the chamber when he was asked for more evidence last month.
Kenyans have been expectantly awaiting the judges’ answer amid complains that the court was taking too long raising people’s anxiety. Mr Ocampo has been determined to file a case against the Kenyan perpetrators while the government remains non committal in the formation of a local tribunal.
The judges’ ruling will take the Kenyan situation to the second stage, according to the ICC procedures.
Should there be a case, Kenya will enter the second phase which will be investigations followed by issuance of the arrest warrants or summons, then enforcement of arrest warrants and surrender of suspects to the ICC.
Owing to the fact that the ICC has no police, it entirely hopes suspects will surrender themselves or the affected countries will cooperate and arrest suspects. This has been the worst dilemma for the ICC since governments – most of who are signatories of the Rome Statute – have failed to help in the arrests.
Once the suspects are apprehended, the initial appearance at the court is next followed by the confirmation of charges then a trial.
After the trial, sentencing is issued and it is at that point that suspects can appeal.
Looking at the process, Kenya still has a long way to go (probably several years) should Mr Ocampo get the go-ahead to act.
On Saturday, International Centre for Transitional Justice head Njonjo Mue urged Kenyans to manage their expectations after the ruling since ICC processes are not immediate due to the kind of crimes committed.
|Sunday, 28th March, 2010||
By Steven Candia
AN investigation into last year’s plane crash into Lake Victoria has found that the navigator used a forged license and that the aircraft and engines were beyond their service life.
Eleven people died, including two Ugandans, when the Russian Ilyushin plunged into the lake shortly after take-off at Entebbe on March 9.
The plane, operated by South African Aerolift and chartered by Dynacorp International, an American company, was destined for Mogadishu with supplies for the African Union peacekeeping mission.
The report by a probe committee, headed by Col. Chris Mudoola, noted that the navigator of the plane, a Ukrainian national who also perished in the crash, was using a forged First Class navigator license which was issued to another person in 1996.
To the Ukrainian authorities, it appeared that “the certificate was altered, including the insertion of the navigators photograph,” the report said. The probe team also observed that the performance of the crew could have been affected by the possible effect of alcohol and fatigue as a result of lack of sleep. Various reports indicated that the crew members were seen drinking alcohol the night before.
It further noted that based on available records and interviews, the operator did not ensure that the aircraft was airworthy.
There was no evidence that the anomalies associated with the dual loss of engine power, which had occurred three months earlier, had been addressed, it said.
The aircraft on December 15, 2008 lost engine power after take-off from Entebbe for a flight to the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the crew to abort the flight.
In some of its disturbing findings, the report noted that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) lacks trained personnel to carry out safety oversight of aircraft manufactured in the former Soviet Union. Nevertheless, it is forced by â€˜external forces’ to approve such flights.
“With regards to such aircraft, CAA experiences difficulties ascertaining the authenticity of the submitted documents,” said the report.
“Also, CAA encounters difficulties with the interpretation and understanding of the aircraft manuals. Furthermore, there are external forces that influence the CAA approval process.”
The report further found that the search and rescue operation was hampered due to inadequate personnel training and equipment, and a non-functional emergency alarm system.
There was no distress call from the aircraft, and at the time of the accident, the radar was off because it was undergoing repair, the probe team found.
The report could not establish the exact cause of the accident due to the absence of substantial aircraft wreckage and because the flight recorders were never recovered.
However, it said, the accident could have been caused by one or a combination of factors, including loss of engine power, malfunction of the flight control system, pilot impairment, inattentiveness to altitude and inadequate handling of the aircraft.
Among those who died were four Russian crew members and seven passengers, including three senior military officers from Burundi, one Indian from Dynacorp, one South African from AMISOM and two Ugandans.
By Patrick Lumumba Opondi 03/28/2010
To cobble and stitch together this intricate political game, we may need to retrace our footsteps to unrelated issues. Politics is a murky area with historical stains, some which hardly leave the scene.
In 2005 constitution referendum, a little known group of like minded Kenyans came together to reject the unilateral amendments imposed on the constitution by the ruling elites, the infamous Wako/Kilifi draft. Galvanizing 58.12% of Kenyans, the orange group voted down the proposed constitution, a humiliating defeat to president Kibaki. Soon after, the group quickly transformed their winning team into a political party, riding on the political tempo that had captured the nation then.
Indeed, it was just an idea whose time had arrived for Narc had become intolerable as an influential caucus dubbed Mt Kenya group transformed itself to a kitchen cabinet that unconstitutionally run the affairs of the nation. By winning the referendum, Orange had passed a political test against the incumbent and they were assured of the same support in the general election. It was time to muscle the political scene. But by 2007, Uhuru Kenyatta began to backtrack from the orange movement, taking with him his Kanu support. His political career in central province was already threatened as the tribal enclave and regionalism reared its ugly head at his backyard. His re election was only guaranteed if he ditched ODM and he wisely heeded the warning. He vowed to support the re-election of President Kibaki, a man he brutally challenged in the 2002 election.
It is strange that in 2002, they had different political ideologies and policies and now they had a unified approach almost to all issues. The departure of Uhuru signaled the delicate attempts of the ruling elites to regain their popularity by neutralizing the growing support that centered on Raila Odinga. Up their sleeves was a strategy similar to one Moi deployed on FORD in 1991, eventually disintegrating the mammoth political party into pieces by fighting each other at the expense of their common enemy then, Kanu. Oginga Odinga and Kenneth Njindo Matiba spent most of their time scheming against each other, including who was to become the official opposition leader in parliament. Moi having won the election enjoyed the ensuing power battles between the two FORDS to his own advantage. He had perfectly employed the divide and rule tactic, saving him the energy of a full fledged brawl had Matiba and Odinga stayed put. But in 2007, things were slightly different.
Even with the departure of Uhuru Kenyatta and Kalonzo’s stubbornness leading to the formation of a rival political group under the same ODM banner provided some hope to Kibaki, this time round wanainchi stuck with the Raila led ODM. The people’s verdict was clear and ODM and its affiliate party won a total of 102 seats compared to a paltry 78 seats won by PNU and its amalgamated affiliates. The results for the presidential election left many baffled, leading to protracted street battle, loss of lives, loss of employment and earning opportunities, and unstable government that eventually saw the formation of a coalition government under a negotiated settlement on a 50/50 power sharing formula. The spin doctors were at work, to scuttle ODM dreams to presidency and all tricks in the book were deployed, including brute force. Events that succeeded election are too grim to revisit, including the un-procedural night ceremonies that ushered Kibaki back to the helm.
Having lost control of government and being forced to share power with ODM was something the PNU ruling elites were not prepared for and to date, they are less comfortable with. Having convinced Kalonzo Musyoka to hastily join their bandwagon, an elevation the brutally battered ODM-K was too exited to reject, PNU power brokers were all poised to keep ODM under tight control even though they still enjoyed majority in parliament in terms of their superior numbers. PNU operatives have spent sleepless nights to wreck ODM, their main challenger in the 2012 general elections. They have now concentrated in Rift valley, a region with a soft spot for Kanu and easy to penetrate. Most legislators from this region in ODM are Kanu’s political orphans who are political confused and still searching for direction after the demise of Kanu. Their ideals and those of their reformist friends in ODM are walls apart, yet they find they share a stained common political bond with PNU. It is this tattered political bond that PNU has wittingly deployed to convince the Rift Valley Mps to troop to their side, leaving a dilapidated ODM in terms of numerical strength.
What PNU was unable to achieve through the ballot box is now theirs through trickery and arm-twisting, as they continue in their fight to see a weaker ODM/ Raila before 2012. ODM must not focus on Ruto as their enemy, a mere pawn in the game. The party is being wrecked from outside and PDM players are behind the dirty scheme.
The Family of the Late John Otiato , Relatives and Friends wishes to invite you to share with them the news of the Death on Earth and Promotion to Glory in Heaven of their beloved daughter, Ms. Caroline Apiyo Otiato after a short battle with Lung Cancer at Nairobi Women Hospital, Nairobi,Kenya on March 20, 2010.
The youthful Ms. Otiato was only 28 years old, a daughter of the Late John M. Otiato and Mama Florence W. Otiato of Ng’iya, Mur, Alego, Siaya District. The Late Caroline Apiyo Otiato was a sister to Josephine Awino of Newark, New Jersey, Hellen, Christine, Charles and a twin sister to Caren Adongo all of Kenya.
Currently the body of Ms. Caroline Apiyo Otiato is at Chiromo Mortuary awaiting the family to offset the Kshs. 700,000/= Medical Bills and to realize the Death and Funeral financial needs. It is for this reason we invite you to a Prayer and Funeral Fundraising that has been scheduled to take place as follows:
Day and Date: Saturday, April 03, 2010
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BYDGOSZCZ, Poland (AP) — Joseph Ebuya has won the men’s race to complete a Kenyan sweep of the gold medals at the cross-country running world championships.
Ebuya finished the 12-kilometer course in 33 minutes to give Kenya its ninth medal at the event. Eritrea’s Teklemariam Medhin finished 6 seconds back in second, while Moses Ndiema Kipsiro of Uganda took the bronze, 10 seconds behind.
Earlier, Kenya’s Emily Chebet won the women’s 8K race in 24:19, ahead of compatriot Linet Chepkwemoi Masai and Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu.
In junior races, Kenyans Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku won the men’s event and Mercy Cherono captured the women’s title.
Ebuya leads Kenyan sweep in Poland
BY PHILLIP SAMBU
NAIROBI, Kenya, March 28 – Joseph Ebuya capped off one of the greatest days in Kenya’s cross country history by clinching the elusive individual senior men’s title in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday.
It was also a personal triumph for Emily Chebet who pipped her compatriot and favourite Linet Masai to the senior women’s crown following a tremendous burst of speed in the final metres to winning in a time of 24:19.
Mercy Cherono lived up to her billing as the one to watch in the junior girls spearheading a Kenyan podium sweep while Caleb Mwangangi also a led a 1-2-3 finish in the junior men.
It was the first time since 1994 that Kenya had secured all individual titles in all four categories.
For Ebuya, it certainly was a day to remember as he ran the race of his life holding off runner up Teklemariam Medhin of Eritrea to bring the title back home since Paul Tergat in 1999.
Ebuya who stamped his authority 200m into the race crossed the tape in approximately 33 minutes.
Leonard Komon mounted a strong challenge to keep in touch with the race leaders but was just beaten to third place by Moses Kipsorio.
The much hyped battle between Masai and Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba failed to materialize as the race was dominated by the Kenyan contingent.
Kenya co-captain Lineth Chepkurui and Meselech Melkamu set the pace before proceedings were taken over by Masai and Chebet.
Dibaba appeared to be struggling with the pace of the leaders and never really threatened as she finished in fourth place behind her compatriot Melkamu.
Cherono was in a league of her own winning her race in a time of 18:47 ahead of silver medalist Purity Cherotich (18:54) and third place Esther Chemtai (18:55).
Lat year’s winner Genzebe Dibaba finished in eleventh place.
Mwangangi pulled away from the rest of the pack to win the junior men in a time of 22:07 while Clement Kiprono (22.09) and Japhet Kipyegon (22.12) finished second and third respectively.
David Letting’s team may have retained its overall team title but Ebuya’s will also be certainly be fighting for space amongst Monday morning headlines.
Joseph Ebuya â€“KEN (33:00)
Emily Chebet- KEN (24:19)
Caleb Mwangangi-KEN (22:07)
Mercy Cherono- KEN (18:47)
A 24 years old Kenyan man by the name Aloise Mburu, has been jailed for 16.5 years for causing death by dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a motor vehicle without an insurance. Aloise Mburu appeared before Southwark Inner Crown Court London on Friday 26th March, 2010 and pleaded guilty to the three counts and admitted causing the death of Perpetua Wendy Muthoni Muchemi aka Shiko and Tabitha Shiro Njenga aka Michele on 25th July 2009 along Forest Lane, Statford, London. During his judgement, the judge said there is no enough amount of years that can compensate the tragic loss of the two young women who were at the prime of their lives. Perpetua was a student at University of Westminster where she was pursuing a degree in Social work. Tabitha was a second year student at Cambridge University. The parents of Pep Wendy, Steven Muchemi Njoroge and Ruth Waruchu Mwangi and their friends were in court. Addressing members of press they said: “We wish that no other family have to suffer and endure the loss of a loved one, as a result of dangerous and drink driving” “In the past we would read things in the newspaper, but always thought it would never happen to us, but it is important for society to know it can happen to anyone”. “The pain and hurt that we as a family carry will be with us for life. It is a sentence that has no remission” “As a parent, you hope and believe that you will outlive your children and, although we appreciate that in some instances this is not possible due to illness, it is crueller when their life is taken by the actions of another person.” We the parents of Pep Wendy would like to forgive Aloise Mburu but the wound is so painful. We feel numb, paralysed by grief and pain. If only we could turn back the clock? If only we could know what she said in her last moment on earth?
“We wish that no other family have to suffer such a loss”
The victim of the accident Tabitha Shiro Njenga aka Michele (left) and Perpetua Wendy Muthoni Muchemi aka Shik (centre) on 25th July 2009 and the parents of Perpetua Wendy on right photo – Wendy mother far right with red jacket.
NAIROBI, (Somalilandpress) â€” Kenyan security forces have arrested three suspected terrorist in the capital Nairobi on Thursday.
Sources say that the suspects were planning to leave Nairobi for Somalia’s war-torn capital, Mogadishu, where they were to meet Islamists groups fighting the transitional government.
“The three suspects are being questioned to establish their activities
in the country. They are being investigated over terrorism
activities,” said a police source.
The three suspects include Dr Suleiman Ahmed who originally hails from the disputed Sool region, he is believed to be behind serious bombs in the town of Las Anod that killed a number of Somaliland military officials.
The arrest come barely after a suspected terrorist of Australian
national and Somali origin, Hussein Hashi Farah, escaped from Kenyan
A police officer who is privy to the investigation against the three
suspects said they were in possession of Kenyan, Australian and
American passports respectively.
“There are no specific charges against these three, but they are under
investigation. We will let you know of the progress and if they will
be charged in court,” the police source added.
“I am not aware of that,” said Anti-Terrorism Police Unit Chief
Nicholas Kamwende when contacted.
Police officers at the Wilson airport said the suspects were picked up
by anti-terrorism officers who whisked them away to their offices in
The name of one of the three was almost similar to that of a terror
suspect who fled from a police station in Busia town that is at the
Kenyan â€“Uganda border, sparking anxiety amongst police officers who
“We have since established it is a different person but we are still
interrogating them,” another officer said.
On Wednesday, four other suspected terrorists were arrested in Mombasa and were due to be flown to Nairobi for further interrogation.