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Grandson of Late Nyeri Governor Mauled to Death By 6 Dogs

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A two-year-old grandson of the late Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua has died after being mauled by dogs in Ring Road Estate in Nyeri Town.

The boy was playing outside at the home of the late governor when six dogs from a neighbouring compound entered the compound and attacked him.

Former Nyeri first lady Margaret Karungaru who was living with the boy tried to fight off the dogs that were trying to drag away the boy.

The canines, however, overpowered the former governor’s wife and mauled the young one.

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With help from neighbours, the dogs were eventually driven away and the two-year-old was rushed to Outspan Hospital.

He, however, succumbed to injuries.

Nyeri Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga, who spoke on behalf of the family, said that the matter has been taken up by police.

Police have already started investigations but we also would like to point out that there is a sense of negligence. Owners should watch their dogs keenly,” said Mr Kahiga.

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Uprona Party Factions Far From Reuniting…

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

UPRONA party commemorates the 56th anniversary after its victory on 18th September 1961. It is currently divided into three factions which seem to be far from becoming one again.

Though every faction claims to be the UPRONA that follows the legacy of Rwagasore, they all recognize their division.

After 56 years of a crushing victory of the party which led to the independence of Burundi, all of the three factions salute the courage of the leaders of UPRONA party of the time.

Abel Gashatsi, chairperson of Uprona which is officially recognized by the government says there are some members who have abandoned the party for different reasons. However, he appeals to all Badasigana (members of UPRONA) to work together for the bright future of the whole party. “We have to work together and strengthen our party. We are in process of getting together so that we win the 2020 elections”.

Charles Nditije, Chairman of one of the Uprona wings, not recognized by the Home Affairs Ministry, says Uprona party is divided because of some members who went against the ideologies of Prince Louis Rwagasore. “Some of the Uprona party members followed CNDD-FDD party for their own interests at the expense of the prince’s ideologies”.

Charles Nditije still hopes for a reuniting of the party sooner or later. He says Rwagasore and his team worked in tougher conditions and were able to overcome thanks to determination and perseverance “Rwagasore’s struggle was more fierce than the today’s. He fought white people’s ideologies. How can’t we win since we are fighting against the policies of our fellow Burundian Nkurunziza?”

As for Tatien Sibomana, spokesperson for another Uprona faction which is not officially recognized by the government, Uprona party was divided by individual calculation and selfishness of some people. He appeals to all Badasigana to be united and follow Rwagasore’s ideologies which led to the independence of the country.”

September 18 is a memorable date to all the Badasigana (Uprona party members) as it stands for an overwhelming victory of the party that led to Burundi independence on 1st July 1962.

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Tusker Down Mathare at Ruaraka

By Brian Yonga

Lloyd Wahome’s lone goal gave champions Tusker a 1-0 over Mathare United in a SportPesa Premier League match staged at the Ruaraka grounds on Sunday.

Tusker, forced back at Ruaraka with Kinoru Stadium under lock due to the ongoing renovations, were the first to offer the real threat through Allan Wanga whose header in the 10th minute just missed the target by a whisker.

Humphrey Mieno then threaded a well weighted pass into the path of Paul Odhiambo but Levis Opiyo in the Mathare goal raced off his line to clear the danger before Boniface Muchiri’s corner was headed out wide by Wahome in proceedings that were largely dominated by the home team.

Mathare United’s break was to come in the 35th minute through Chris Oduor who thought he had put his charges in the lead only to be denied by the assistant referee’s flag.

Edward Seda had done brilliant work in finding his way into the opposition box and having released Oduor, the striker dinked his effort past the onrushing Tusker keeper David Okello and into the net but he was ruled offside position.

Tusker dominance was finally rewarded in the 75th minute through Lloyd Wahome. After Mieno’s effort had been deflected out for a corner, Kago’s in swinger was met by Wahome who rose above the Mathare United defence to nod home; Kimanzi reacting to the goal by throwing in striker Elijah Mwanzia for Ronald Reagan as Mathare went for an all out attack in search of a goal which never materialized.

At Mbaraki Sports Club, Bandari secured a 3-0 win in over league debutants Zoo FC, while Chemelil hit two past cash strapped Nakumatt at the Chemelil Sugar Complex, as Nzoia saw off relegation threatened Muhoroni Youth 3 – 1 at Sudi Stadium.

AFC Leopards played out a goalless draw with Kakamega Homeboyz at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos

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Co-Op Bank March on in Mumias

By Titus Maero

Title-chasing Co-operative Bank beat Western Delight 68-39 in a tough Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Women’s Premier league match at St. Peter’s Boys Secondary School Ground in Mumias on Saturday.

The match started on a high note with the bankers dominating the better part of the first quarter with their skilful playing pattern.

Efforts by the hosts to contain the visitors proved futile as Co-operative snatched the first quarter 15-12 courtesy of national team player Evelyn Itabo – who contributed seven points.

The home team, led by Catherine Oloo, came into the second quarter a more refined outfit which they managed to take 15-13, to trail 28-27 at the break.

Oloo poured in seven points.

After half time, the bankers did not relent on their battle for maximum points.

Co-operative Bank coach Carey Odhiambo praised her charges after the win.

“My focus is on clinching the premier league crown which we have never won in our history,” he added.

Delight coach Donald Liru attributed his team’s defeat to lack of co-ordination upfront.

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AFC Leopards Players Agree to Honour Homeboyz Match

By David Kwalimwa

Striking AFC Leopards players have agreed to honour Sunday afternoon’s SportPesa Premier League assignment against Kakamega Homeboyz in Machakos after they were assured their accrued match winning allowances and bonuses totalling Sh1.8 million will be cleared.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Saturday intervened to stem a looming crisis at the den after the players, who have boycotted training since Wednesday, said they will only return when their dues are settled.

Refusal or inability to honour a league match attracts severe sanctions from the competition’s organisers including forfeiting three points and a hefty fine.

Sakaja met the players at a Nairobi Hotel from where he made a raft of promises that included a Sh150,000 personal donation.

“I am told you are on a go-slow because players from Gor Mahia also went on strike earlier this week,” the youthful politician said.

“Which is a good thing because if you didn’t boycott training, I wouldn’t have known about all these challenges you are facing.”

“The government’s vision entails ensuring the youth benefit from their talent.”

Leopards’ secretary general Oscar Igaida confirmed each player is owed Sh60,000. The club pays each player Sh7,000 for every win in their home matches, and an additional Sh1,000 for an away win.

“The meeting was fruitful. We are now able to focus on getting maximum points against Homeboyz,” Leopards coach Robert Matano added.

Besides Leopards, Gor Mahia and Ushuru players have downed their tools in the past few days owing to financial related challenges.

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Nigeria: Total Enriches Lives With Access to Solar Energy

With the launch of the first solar-powered service station, in Onigbagbo, Lagos on June 12, 2014, Total Nigeria Plc became the pioneer of solar services in West Africa. In line with its “Committed to Better Energy” ambition, the construction of this first solar-powered service station was part of efforts aimed at providing energy solutions that are efficient and environmentally friendly. The solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) panels on its forecourt roof convert the sun’s rays into electricity. This electricity is used to supply renewable energy to power the entire service station. It also features zero emissions of harmful green house gases and zero noise pollution.

As part of its commitment to creating better energy, Total Nigeria Plc expanded its solar energy solutions with the introduction of Solar Home Solutions (SHS) and Solar Hybrid Solutions. Total Solar Home Solutions is a solar inverter kit that comprises high quality panels from Sunpower , one of the world renowned manufacturers of the most efficient solar panels. These panels come with a 25-year warranty but have an expected lifespan of over 40 years, a solar inverter (five years warranty) and batteries of premium quality. These products are designed for households and industrial applications respectively. The load capacity starts from 1.5kVa. The introduction of these products assures Nigerians of a reliable, consistent and eco-friendly source of power with great savings on energy cost amongst other benefits.

Total Solar Home Solutions are already being installed in homes across the country and are professionally installed and maintained to ensure seamless operations without human intervention. These solutions can be purchased through Blackbit outlets and other authorised distributors nationwide.

In his words, Jean-Philippe Torres, Managing Director, Total Nigeria Plc, “satisfying our unique customer needs is very important to Total, which is why Total is dedicated to continuous investment in research and innovation in pursuit of developing renewable energy products and services of the highest quality. This pursuit has led to the development of the Solar Energy Solutions from the Total Energy Solutions brand, tailored to meet a wide range of home energy needs.”

Nigeria

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Govt On Spot Over 1,500 Israel Refugees Sent to Uganda

By Nelson Wesonga

Kampala — The government is set to explain under what circumstances it allowed Israel to relocate ‘its’ migrants to Uganda.

“Next week, government will come out with a statement on the matter,” the Prime Minister, Rukahana Rugunda, told Parliament on Thursday.

Dr Rugunda was responding to a question by Lwemiyaga Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Ssekikubo about the foreigners.

“The minister responsible [for Foreign Affairs] will be making a report on the matter so that Parliament and the country can be better informed about this rather unique and intriguing matter,” Dr Rugunda added.

The Times of Israel (TOI) online edition on August 29, 2017 reported that Israel would relocate many Eritrean and Sudanese migrants to Uganda.

The tiny Middle East country, according to The Jewish Standard (June 2012), hosts 34, 000 Eritreans and 15, 700 South Sudanese.

At least 1, 500 of the above were reportedly relocated to Uganda.

Many might have left their home countries due to political persecution.

A local newspaper reported this week reported that Israel send had sent 1,400 refugees to Uganda. The behind-the-scenes deal between Israel, Uganda and Rwanda has been exposed for some time in Israel, but Uganda officially continues to deny its existence.

The newspaper reported that it had interviewed ten refugees who said Israel had promised to resettle them in Uganda, only for them to have been abandoned and harassed by state agents in Kampala.

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New Twist in Rwigara Case

The recent police quizzing of former Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara has taken a new twist with the authorities questioning why she claims to have been arrested whereas not.

Police on Sept.04 took in Rwigara for questioning in an on-going investigation over alleged tax evasion and forgery. The tax evasion case has been long-running and the forgery case stems from Rwigara’s alleged conduct when she sought to contest in the recent presidential elections.

In order to contest, a candidate required signatures from hundreds of citizens across the country.

Authorities allege that rather than collect genuine signatures, Rwigara made forgeries and that her list also had names of dead people. It is because of this that the electoral authorities barred Rwigara from contesting in August’s presidential vote. Rwigara denies the allegations.

She is, however, also accused of tax evasion together with her family members.

“They are accused of tax evasion and secondly Diane Rwigara is accused of using fake documents while she was gathering signatures for (her) presidential candidacy,” police spokesman Theos Badege told reporters on Sept.01. Police said they had a warrant issued by a prosecutor to question them.

The tax evasion charges stem from a tax dispute that her father, the late Assinapol Rwigara who died in a car accident in February 2015, had with the country’s taxman, Rwanda Revenue Authority.

Rwigara’s father made a fortune as businessmen under the country’s former President Juvénal Habyarimana. For this, some people perceived him as a Habyarimana collaborator and traitor.

Rwigara fled Rwanda when RPF launched the struggle against Habyarimana and became a supporter of the RPF. He returned to Rwanda when RPF captured power and continued his businesses. He would later fall out with the authorities over tax evasion and run into exile.

Negotiations saw him return but he had not reached a conclusive agreement with the tax body when he died in 2015 in a motor accident. The dispute had started in 2012. RRA never abandoned the matter and pursued it with the family company for which his other daughter Anne Rwigara is the executive director.

Police says it first raided Rwigara’s home as part of the investigation in the cases. The authorities say they conducted a joint operation for the two charges to prevent a situation where the suspects would tamper with evidence on either of the charges.

During the operation, police confiscated documents, phones, computers and cash totaling Rwf 150 million, which was also at the house.

Suspects, who included Rwigara, her sister, Anne Rwigara and mother Adeline Rwigara, were taken to police to where they record statements and were released.

However, after the incident, when a campaign online emerged calling on the authorities to “free Rwigara”, the authorities returned to their home. Sources familiar with the events say the motive was to show the public that the Rwigaras were at their home and not under in police detention. Sources familiar with the case say the family was found at home enjoying a meal of pizza.

Authorities blame the family of faking a kidnap to win international sympathy and attempting to tarnish the government over alleged political persecution. Rwandan authorities are known for never allowing anyone to use politics to run away from accountability in court and the Rwigara’s are unlikely to be the exception.

Rwigara is said to have used the death of her father, a personal grievance, to launch a national election campaign. The authorities say although the family was given all evidence relating to the accident that killed Rwigra, including being invited to the scene before it was cleared, the family insisted on telling journalists that the death was stage-managed and had been politically motivated.

The family back then launched an online campaign dubbed Justice for Rwigara. At the heart of the campaign were renowned critics of President Kagame who are in exile like Kayumba Nyamwasa, Theogene Rudasingwa, Gerald Gahima and David Himbara. Following the campaign, Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, joined politics.

Chadema Secretary-General Reports to Dar Police for Questioning on Lissu Attack

By The Citizen

Chadema secretary-general Dr Vincent Mashinji on Monday reported to the Dar es Salaam Central Police Station, following summons by the police on Friday to shed light on allegations that the party knows the people who attacked Singida East MP Tundu Lissu on September 7.

The police have also summoned Mr Lissu’s driver.

Mr Lissu was shot outside his home in Area D in Dodoma by unknown attackers and is receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.

On September 9, Dodoma regional police commander Gilles Muroto ordered Dr Mshinji and Mr Lissu’s driver to report to any police station to record statements on what they know about the attack.

But Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe said Mr Lissu’s driver was in Nairobi receiving treatment for trauma.

“He is undergoing traumatic therapy. We decided to take him with us because he was traumatised after the event,” Mr Mbowe said.

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Police Shoot Child Kidnapping Suspect

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The mother of the late Moureen David holds the poster that was sent by kidnappers a few days after her child was abducted. The poster reads “Tomorrow is the end of Moureen because you have failed to meet our demands…”.

By Zephania Ubwani

Arusha — With information deemed critical in unravelling the killing of two kids recently kidnapped in Arusha, the prime suspect on Wednesday night led police to the home of his accomplice in the city suburb.

But Samson Petro, who surprisingly cooperated well with the police since his arrest in Geita over the weekend, attempted to flee even before reaching the home of the suspect.

Police shot him in the leg and was rushed to the Mt. Meru regional hospital where he died due to heavy bleeding, according to the regional police commander Charles Mkumbo.

“We had taken him to Mkonoo to show us the home of his accomplice he confessed to have cooperated in the killing. He ran away before reaching there. That was around 11:30 pm,” he told reporters yesterday. The 18-year-old Petro, who until recently was living in Arusha, was the only main suspect in the brutal killing of Moureen Daudi (6) and Ikram Salim (3) whose bodies were found dumped in a pit on Tuesday in Olasiti ward.

The RPC said a manhunt was underway in search of other suspects in the killings which have shocked the residents of Arusha. They, however, could not say if anybody else has been arrested.

The parents of the two kids, one of them a pupil of Lucky Vincent Primary School, said the kidnappers had demanded ransom amounting to millions of shillings in order to release them.

As the deceased were buried yesterday, Arusha residents are yet to come to terms with the incident.

The city and its environs was subjected to sacrificial killings a few years ago, which were associated with gemstone mining.

Those who spoke to The Citizen have called for thorough investigations, insisting kidnapping could set a dangerous precedent in the city which was notorious for armed robbers some years back.

The RPC confirmed that police investigations were also zeroing on the owner of an unfinished house where the bodies of the slain children were found and a police officer who hosted him until recently.

The police officer stationed in Arusha is said to be closely related to the deceased but was not happy with the latter’s conduct and chased him away from his residence.

“They are brothers from the same family”, Mr. Mkumbo said, adding that they are seeking if their relations had any clue to the kidnapping and deaths of the two children.

The owner of the building where the decomposed bodies were found is living in Dar es Salaam and Coast region but frequented Arusha.

Police are also questioning a mobile money transfer agent based at Kwa Mrombo suburb for further clues on the brutal killings.

The agent (name withheld) allegedly made transactions of some Sh.300,000 sent to Petro from his account during the days when the kids disappeared.

The kidnappers are alleged to have demanded Sh. 1.4 million from the parents of the kidnapped school children as ransom.

According to the RPC, the children were kidnapped while playing in the neighbourhoods of their homes between August 21st and 26th. Two other children, Bakari Selemani and Ayoub Fred, were also reported to have been kidnapped in the same area were later released but it could not be established if any ransom was paid by their parents.

The Arusha Urban MP (Chadema) Godbless Lema recently called on the security organs in Arusha to act on the alleged kidnappings of children for ransom payment in and around the city.

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