Kakamega Stampede Victims And Survivors: We are with you. In All Jamhuri.

Kakamega Primary stampede victims.
Zaituni Bakari, mother of Standard 5 pupil Samla Olesso, a victim of the Kakamega Primary School stampede, who died on Monday after discharge from hospital.

It is absolutely annoying how the tragedy in Kakamega that killed 15 kids on February 6th 2020 and still counting has been treated.

It is just appalling. We love you all kids. Hang in there. To help us learn and implement safe learning environments for kids everywhere.

We are going to have your statues in our country and in our schools. Of that I am confident.

God bless you and your parents, kids, the families and communities. You are beautiful people. The world knows that.

President Uhuru came back to the country after that tragedy and of course the president had to deal with the death of former president, Daniel Arap Moi. That is his first duty as our current head of state.

But I am stunned that long after the Moi ceremonies were done, the President and Raila Odinga have not bothered to go to Kakamega and console with the poor parents of these kids and the community or even bother to find out what actually happened. That is very unfortunate.

The last I heard is that the families of the dead kids were supposed to be given Kshs. 100,000.00 each and even that has been stalled. Just shameful and beyond a disgrace. This is just plain unacceptable and should be denounced.

The government can’t just make attempts to bribe the family with peanuts Kshs. 100,000. 00 each family. It is a financial and moral insult to these young people and their families.

Kshs. 100,000.00 is nothing in Kenya today. This is 2020 for god’s sake.

Even from this amount the government is deducting Kshs. 24,000.00 from the families for expenses.

If I was any of those parents I would be telling the Kenyan government, take your money and go. And quick. Please.

Uhuru and Raila plus other national leaders should have gone to Kach and talked to the families and sort out their needs. That needs humane concern for the citizens of the republic. Of curse we don’t have that in our country.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/2020-02-18-kakamega-stampede-families-sh49-million-delayed/

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Ruto and Echesa: What is going on?

Just when you thought things could cool down for Ruto (Mr. Development) it gets worse.

Deputy President William Ruto's office
Ex-Sports CS Rashid Echesa welcomes DP William Ruto at the funeral service for Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali's son on Friday.

Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa at JKIA court on Friday, February 14, 2020.

Ruto should stick to inspecting non existing development and talk his shit there and keep donating money to churches claiming he is buying his place in heaven while buying acres of land in hell with his actions of theft and violence against Kenyans. That is enough work.

It is not just that this Shs. 40 billion scam was being coordinated from Ruto’s office, it is the fact that Ruto keeps yapping about it and blaming his imaginary enemies. Ruto’s biggest enemy here is himself. Why are you having these crazy acts going on in your office?

If you are innocent then shut up and let the investigation go where the evidence leads them. Now trying to blame the DoD. Are you nuts. Yes they are corrupt but they don’t do deals in the DP’s office. They have their own headquarters of corruption.

Here is what I am talking about.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-02-16-ruto-ropes-dod-in-sh395-billion-military-equipment-tender-scam/

And here is Ngilu on this matter.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu at a past function in Kitui Central constituency.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-02-16-ngilu-to-ruto-stop-hoodwinking-kenyans-and-step-aside-for-investigations/

And you know what is so funny about this new round of scandal for the DP. In the past Ruto would resort to his childish attacks by going to inspect a swimming pool in Nairobi for kids that was built four years ago and not even by Jubilee.

Now those pools have dried out. Ruto has nothing to inspect anymore. So now he has to go to twitter to spew his nonsense. Even twitter will dry out for for this guy very soon. He is going to be in hard ground. Good luck pal.

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Kenya’s former President Daniel arap Moi is dead

Kenya’s former President Daniel arap Moi is dead.

The former teacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving President and transformed the country’s political landscape with his iron-fist rule for more than two decades died at the Nairobi Hospital in the early hours of February 4, 2020.

He was 95.

Making the announcement in a presidential proclamation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the former head of State passed on in the presence of his family.

“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi Hospital on the early morning of this 4th February, 2020; in the presence of his family,” Mr Kenyatta said in a statement.

“His legacy endures in Kenya even to this day, encapsulated in the Nyayo Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ that was his mantra throughout his tenure as our Head of State and Government.”

DIED PEACEFULLY

At a brief press conference at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday morning, his son Gideon Moi said his father had passed away peacefully.

He also expressed his family’s gratitude to Kenyans for the prayers they’ve been making for the former president.

“I was by his side, and as a family we have accepted. Mine is just to give my heartfelt gratitude to all Kenyans and non-Kenyans for the prayers and thoughts that they have been giving to Mzee and to our family. Thank you all.”

His body has been moved to Lee Funeral Home.

STRONGMAN

Moi is one of the last in a chain of African strongmen who ruled in the 70s, 80s and 90s – and who were forced out thanks to multi-party politics.

Loved and hated in equal measures, the late President Moi was often dismissed as a dictator by his critics and his 24-year reign was plagued with claims of widespread human rights violations, nepotism, assassinations and embezzlement of state funds.

But his admirers describe Moi as an African statesman – the man who kept the Kenyan nation together amidst the turmoil experienced in the neighbouring Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia – a feat he positively used to dismiss his ardent Western critics who were pushing him to open the political space.

Although the former president has been ailing for some time, little was known about his poor health which was kept within the family. Occasionally, when admitted to hospital, his press team would say he had been taken for “routine check-ups”.

Moi ruled Kenya for 24 years between 1978 and 2002 and was always portrayed as vibrant and healthy. If he had any ailments, during that period, it was concealed from the public.

Unlike his predecessor, Jomo Kenyatta, whose struggle with a heart problem and gout was public knowledge, Moi and his handlers had a desire to keep his physical condition secret at the time of his presidency.

WORKAHOLIC

Moi was a workaholic – at least before he retired – and kept fit for his age. He never used a walking stick in public – opting to keep off from the glare. Even when he experienced troubled eyesight, later on, it was the font size to his speech which was increased rather than Moi wear reading glasses in public. It is only once, during his presidency, that Moi publicly acknowledged he had been unwell after he returned from an eye surgery in Israel and after prodding by the opposition.

For the last three years, President Moi had started missing out in major public events – and when political figures went to see him in his Kabarak home, he would be photographed sitting down; at best with a distant look. He also had added some weight.

In March 2018, Moi was flown to Israel aboard a chartered plane in the company of his long-time doctor, well-known cardiologist Dr David Silverstein and his youngest son Gideon Moi. The media was told by Moi’s spokesman Lee Njiru that President Moi had been flown to Israel for a check-up on his “knee” which “had been troubling him for some time.

The knee problem was the only ailment that was publicly known. On January 27, 2017 Moi underwent a minor surgery at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi to correct the knee problem that started on July 30, 2006 when his Range Rover collided with a pick-up truck near Limuru’s Rukuma View Point.

As Moi flew out to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, his doctor said that the Moi family was “eager to have a second opinion on the knee, which has been a source of discomfort to him [Moi]”.

“The old man is not feeling well. He will go for medical check-up (and) needs your prayers as he leaves the country,” said Gideon Moi, the family spokesman.

For the last two years, Moi has been on wheelchair and during the October 26, 2017 election, he did not leave his car at the Kabarak University polling station. Instead, he cast his vote from the car with the assistance of a polling clerk which was a clear sign that the old-man had a mobility problem.

On December 12, 2018, President Moi was again admitted at Nairobi Hospital with a “bout of flu” with Dr Silverstein saying the former head of state would spend a couple of nights in the hospital to accord doctors ample time to carry out their analysis. Mr Moi left hospital on Monday December 17, 2018.

In September 2, 2018, Moi celebrated his 94th birthday in a private function at his Kabarak home, flanked by his children and grandchildren.

He would also watch the burial service of his eldest son Jonathan, from the house – an indicator that the former President’s health had largely deteriorated.

The passing of the late Moi will reshape the Rift Valley region politics where he had become an icon – and a king-maker. But for the last decade, Mr Moi has been cut out of the national politics; thanks to ill health and change of guard.

President Kenyatta has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all public buildings and military bases until sunset on the day of burial.

Additional reporting by Lynette Mukami

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Moi-dies-at-95/1056-5442956-jtma8s/index.html

By einstein Posted in kenya

Do We Have Kobe?

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter pilot was given clearance to fly under worse-than-normal conditions, audio reveals

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(CNN)Millions of people never met him, but the sudden death of Kobe Bryant and eight others has left a country in mourning.The 41-year-old NBA legend died in a helicopter crash under foggy conditions in Calabasas, California. Visibility was so low Sunday morning that Los Angeles police had grounded its helicopters, spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.The helicopter crashed into a hillside, killing all nine people on board — including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The official cause of the crash has not been determined.As fans around the world grapple with Bryant’s death, new clues are emerging about what happened shortly before the crash.

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The life and legacy of NBA superstar Kobe BryantThe helicopter was operating under “special visual flight rules” (SVFR), according to an air traffic control conversation with the pilot, captured by website LiveATC.net.An SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for regular visual flight rules (VFR).Pilots can request SVFR clearance before takeoff or mid-flight, especially if conditions suddenly change, CNN transportation analyst Peter Goelz said.While SVFR clearance is “pretty normal,” he said, “it’s not something that’s often recommended.””If you’re a pilot, and you’re in marginal conditions, or changing conditions that become marginal, you might call air traffic control” to request SVFR, Goelz said.If granted SVFR clearance, the pilot will typically keep tighter communication with air traffic control.Full coverage: The death of Kobe Bryant

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Kobe left his mark on Hollywood, tooThe Burbank Airport control tower allowed the helicopter to proceed using the special clearance, the audio reveals.”Maintain special VFR at or below 2,500″ the pilot confirmed to the controller.Later in the flight, the pilot apparently asked for “flight following,” a service in which controllers are in regular contract with an aircraft.The controller told the pilot “you’re still too low level for flight following at this time.” That could mean the helicopter was too low to be seen on air traffic control radar.While authorities try to determine what went wrong, investigators are struggling to find clues in difficult conditions.”It’s a logistical nightmare in a sense because the crash site itself is not easily accessible,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.The effort to recover the victims’ bodies hasstarted but could take days, given the terrain and the condition of the site, Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner Jonathan Lucas said.

Children and parents were on board

Bryant was traveling to a basketball game with Gianna, who was scheduled to play Sunday afternoon.

Young athletes, a baseball coach and mothers were on board

Young athletes, a baseball coach and mothers were on boardThey were joined by Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and his daughter Alyssa, Altobelli’s brother told CNN.Alyssa was Gianna’s teammate, OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa said. And Altobelli would routinely travel with his daughter for her basketball games.OCC President Angelica Suarez said she was devastated by the loss of “a member of our OCC family.””Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus — a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend,” Suarez said in a statement. “This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”Another parent, Christina Mauser, was also killed in the crash. Mauser was an assistant girls basketball coach for a private school in Corona del Mar, California.”My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash,” her husband Matt Mauser wrote on Facebook.

Fog blanketed the area

The crash occurred under foggy and cloudy conditions with extremely low visibility, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.Pictures taken shortly after the crash showed the density of the fog.

Witnesses said the helicopter plummeted quickly before crashing on the hillside, Los Angeles County fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said.It was not immediately clear whether the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter radioed a distress signal, Imbrenda said.Local authorities are working with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to try to determine the cause of the crash.

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Players and fans in Phoenix observe a moment of silence for Bryant before the Phoenix Suns game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Inside the Staples Center, a man takes a photo of a mural featuring Bryant on Sunday.
Fans mourn in front of Bryant's image across from Staples Center on Sunday.
A memorial for Bryant is seen Sunday near the Staples Center.
A moment of silence is taken before the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Fans are seen at a memorial started next to a mural of Bryant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Fans stand for a moment of silence before the game between the Orlando Magic and the LA Clippers in Orlando on Sunday.
Elana Hirschman hugs her 11-year-old son Bryan as her husband Craig stands by Sunday near the scene of the deadly helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
A fan pays respects at a mural depicting Bryant in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.
From left, Houston Rockets players Tyson Chandler, Austin Rivers and P.J. Tucker react during a tribute to Kobe Bryant before their game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday,  January 26.
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From left, Alex Fultz, Eddy Rivas and Rene Alfaro react to Bryant's death on Sunday outside of the Staples Center.
AFC defensive end Calais Campbell kneels as he and his teammates react to the announcement of Bryant's death Sunday in the second quarter of the 2020 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.
Dharma Brown, 8, writes a note to the late Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
LA Clippers assistant coaches Sam Cassell and Tyronn Lue react on the bench after honoring Kobe Bryant during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday.
The ceiling of Madison Square Garden is lit in the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers as Bryant's picture is displayed during a moment of silence Sunday.
People gather at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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Players and fans in Phoenix observe a moment of silence for Bryant before the Phoenix Suns game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Inside the Staples Center, a man takes a photo of a mural featuring Bryant on Sunday.
Fans mourn in front of Bryant's image across from Staples Center on Sunday.
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A moment of silence is taken before the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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Sikorsky, the helicopter manufacturer, tweeted its condolences.”We extend our sincerest condolences to all those affected by today’s Sikorsky S-76B accident in Calabasas, California,” the company said.”We have been in contact with the NTSB and stand ready to provide assistance and support to the investigative authorities … Safety is our top priority; if there are any actionable findings from the investigation, we will inform our S-76 customers.”The helicopter was built in 1991 and was most recently registered to Island Express Holding Corp., according to the FAA.Calls to Island Express were not answered Sunday.

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Kobe Bryant: An NBA legend and a cultural icon

Kobe Bryant: An NBA legend and a cultural iconDevastated fans flooded an area near the crash site as well as Staples Center in Los Angeles, the city where Bryant spent his entire 20-year NBA career.Born in Philadelphia, Bryant quickly soared to become one of basketball’s greatest champions. He won five NBA championships, before retiring in April 2016, capping his career by scoring 60 points in his final game.Former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called Bryant a “chosen one — special in many ways to many people.”Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and his three other daughters — the youngest of which was born in June.

CNN’s Aaron Cooper, Artemis Moshtaghian, Chloe Melas, Chuck Johnston, Darran Simon and Jon Passantino contributed to this report.

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