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Photography From Nairobi’s Slum Children

By Kari Mutu

Children from Nairobi’s Mathare slums grow up in harsh circumstances with limited opportunities.

But now the Mathare Foundation, a community-based organisation, is training them in photography. A selection of their pictures are being shown at the Alliance Française in Nairobi.

Raising Voices is an exhibition of sports-themed pictures taken by the children, featuring basketball, football, cricket and volleyball. At the exhibition’s opening, the budding photographers were on hand to explain their work.

Several pictures feature football matches played on bare dirt pitches. Here the children demonstrate their skills in capturing the foreground, middle ground and background to lead the viewers eye through each level of the picture. A different photo focusing on the subject shows many hands reaching up to a volleyball framed by the net, electricity lines and an overcast sky.

The Foundation explained that juvenile delinquency is very high in the Mathare slum, with youth at risk of petty crimes, prostitution, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. The charity provides free classes in the performing arts, photography and sports. The aim is to reduce “radicalisation among the youth in Mathare,” and engage them in productive activities.

Some 25 children between the ages of eight and 16 were selected for the Raising Voices photography workshop, who were then trained in foundational methods for a year.

The portraits show a referee blowing a bright yellow whistle, a player balancing a basketball on one finger, and a hand holding a football up against red soil (pictured).

Other pictures feature close-up action shots of a player jumping up shooting a basketball, a girl batting a cricket ball, and two boys competing to dribble balls.

Eric Omwanda, a co-founder of Mathare Foundation and the photography teacher, said the children learn camera skills quickly, and that it gives them a chance to visualise life in the slums. And although the photos may not be spectacular, it is clear that the youngsters have understood the essentials of photography.

Fellistars, one of the students, thanked the French Embassy and the British High Commission for supporting them with camera equipment. The exhibition is on until September 10.


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Mammito Trolled by her Fans for this ‘Blonde’ Look

Photo: Mammito/Instagram

Kenyan comedian Mammito.

By Naira Habib

Churchill Show comedians enthusiasm to share photos of of their trip to Dubai for a show has left one of them vulnerable to the harsh criticism of the online community. In one of the photos, Mammito, known for her neatly kept short black hair, appears in a grey/silver dyed hair. Her new hairstyle appears not to have appealed to some of her fans.

Comedians MCA Tricky, Mammito, Owango Onyiro documented their journey from the JKIA to their destination, minute by minute, bombarding their followers with numerous pictures and posts in their social media accounts.

However, outspoken netizens were quick to give their unsolicited opinions on comedian Mammito’s change of hairstyle.

In one of the photos, Mammito, known for her neatly kept short black hair, appears in a grey/silver dyed hair. Her new hairstyle appears not to have appealed to some of her fans.

The comedians will perform live in Dubai on September 7, for a show themed “Summer Laughs” at the Pakistan Association.

Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans online:

jamaicashiro -Gai said “ata heri ile ya yellow izi Madye si zako”

mary.chepkoech3 – wrote “Ukosawa lakini ukweli wa mambo nyele yako ni ziii”

“Kuna vile Nywele si poa. Try different color, rozyaz commented while okodeno Iyo reflected “nywele nayo”


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Why Twitter’s ‘New’ Terms of Service Are Making People Mad

By The Independent

Twitter has made some changes to its terms of service (ToS) for it users that take effect in October.

The terms of service restate that once content is posted on online news and social networking service twitter, it can be reused by others. News organizations, other companies and individuals can already use content found on the site, as it is public and is already considered FAIR USE.

Other than breaking up the terms of service into two, for those in the US for which it is already in effect, and those outside the US from October 2, and adding a new address that is in Europe, the rest of the TOs have been in place.

“Most users probably never read the old terms of service, they seem to assume that everything in the “new” terms of services is actually ‘new’,” wrote’s Sarah Buhr.

Your terms of service agreement is un-fucking-believable, @Twitter. This is grotesque. Especially for users posting original content.

— Richard de Nooy (@RicharddeNooy) September 2, 2017

The TOS, state that, “You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. What’s yours is yours — you own your Content (and your photos and videos are part of the Content). By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).”

As soon as we post – we do so of our own accord & everything we post is license free. In other words anyone can disseminate our stuff.

— Nande N (@nandnz) September 2, 2017

The TOS go on to tate that, “This license authorizes us to make your Content available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same. You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, promotion or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use. Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services.”

This section is not new or changed in any way, and is standard for a social network which allows content to be embedded or re-used elsewhere

— Alex Hern (@alexhern) September 2, 2017

Changes that will actually go into effect, with these new ToS according to , include changes in the language around the right to remove content that violates Twitter’s user agreement, removal of certain limitations of liability such as Twitter user’s liability in access to “as-is” content that could be damaging and an addition of a 30-day notice of changes to the terms that impact others rights of others (which was previously only a promise).

Twitter’s terms of service are making people freak out — but they’re not new

— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 2, 2017

The Twitter User Agreement 2017 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

Has Socialite Kwamboka Found a New Bae in Europe?

By Chad Kitundu

Nairobi socialite Corazon Kwamboka, alias Lily The Genie, seemingly has a new catch.

Kwamboka took to her Instagram page and posted a video clip with her new Italian boyfriend. The couple is seen warmly embracing each other on a bed.

Corazon captured headlines for her curvaceous body, high-end lifestyle and secret love for playing roulette in a casino.

After being admitted to the bar in 2016, she posted a series of photos in a lawyer ‘ s gown and wig, captioning them: “The beginning of the next chapter #advocate.”

She also runs a clothing line and also an actress and a video vixen.


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Presidential Candidate Vows to Soldier on Despite Nude Photo Scandal

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Diane Shima Rwigara addresses a press conference, announcing her candidature for the Rwanda presidency.

Ever since Diane Shima Rwigara came out to express her political views — and later declared her intention to run for president of Rwanda in the August 4 elections — the 35-year-old has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure.

One week after nude photographs — which she has disowned — were circulated on social media a day after she announced her presidential bid, Ms Rwigara says she will not be deterred: “I will not stop. I am going to continue with my preparations. The incident made me stronger, more resilient and determined to continue with this cause,” she told The EastAfrican.

The photographs were released through an email titled “the shameless acts of Diane Shima Rwigara who wants to contest for presidency”, with the sender adding “look at our presidential candidate”. The sender identified himself/herself as Emmy Twahirwa and claimed to be a journalist.

Robert Mugabe, a journalist who has reportedly been associated with Ms Rwigara, later stated on Facebook that the photos were doctored and were the work of her detractors.

Following that, Ms Rwigara took a few days off the public scene and later told The EastAfrican that the photographs were manipulated.

The incident elicited sympathy for the US-educated activist-turned politician, with many condemning the act of shaming her and others called for investigation.


No government agency has commented on the nudes scandal nor has any official come out to publicly condemn the sharing of the photos or denounce the presidential hopeful over her supposed “questionable integrity”.

But Ms Rwigara, who on Wednesday May 10 went to the National Electoral Commission to present the list of people who will sign for her and pick documents needed for the purpose, attracted wide coverage.

As an independent candidate, she must raise 600 signatures, at least 20 from each of the 30 districts. She believes that once she makes it to the ballot, she would make a good case and race against President Paul Kagame, who is widely expected to win the August 4 polls with a landslide.

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Ms Rwigara, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the California State University, Sacramento and a master’s degree in accounting from California State University, San Francisco, has surprised many with her boldness.On February 23, she held a press conference where she described herself as a “concerned Rwandan and activist” but denied intending to engage in politics. She highlighted several issues the country was facing that she said needed to be addressed urgently. Among these, she said, were the growing levels of poverty and hunger, which she said the government did not want to recognise, let alone address.”I am neither a politician nor a member of any political party,” Ms Rwigara told The EastAfrican shortly after the press conference, adding that she decided to speak out about the issues “because no one else appeared willing to speak about them.”On May 3, she called another press conference, during which she announced her intention to pit candidature against President Kagame.No freedom of press“The reason I am contesting is because our country has a stained past. The RPF government has achieved a number of things, attempted to deliver on others but completely failed on several aspects. Rwandans still face many challenges including poverty, hunger and injustices in all sections of the society,” she said.Ms Rwigara also said there was no freedom of press and expression in Rwanda, pointing out that none of the media were critical while those who tried to criticise the government often ended up in trouble, pointing out that she was ready to raise those concerns on behalf of the people.”We have cases of insecurity as people disappear without trace, some are killed while others flee the country. Most Rwandans know these but won’t speak out because of fear,” she said.Indeed, her move caught many off-guard, in a country where many people prefer silence rather than point out issues affecting them. A lot of talk followed her press conference, with many wondering where she got the guts to run for the country’s highest office.Several other prospective candidates have announced similar intentions for the top job in Rwanda, among them Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, former journalist Philippe Mpayimana and Gilbert Mwenedata, who will contest as independent candidates.InjusticesThe daughter of Assinapol Rwigara, a prominent businessman and RPF member, who died in February 2015 in an accident, Ms Rwigara maintains that her political ambitions were her personal decision and should not be in any way connected to her family.The embattled family has been in the limelight since the passing on of the tycoon after it contested the police version of the circumstances under which Mr Rwigara died. They went as far as petitioning President Kagame to call for an inquiry into the death.Since then, the family found itself in trouble when Kigali city authorities demolished a hotel of the deceased businessman because “it did not have the necessary permits”. Several of Mr Rwigara’s properties were also repossessed by the City of Kigali administration.Ms Rwigara maintains that she is not driven by anger or disgruntled by events surrounding her family, but says the manner in which her father died are some of the injustices she is willing to fight to correct.Her bid has not been helped by support from ‘renowned enemies’ of Kigali, including members of the Rwanda National Congress, an exiled group which Rwanda refers to as a criminal organisation, and of which one of her exiled uncles Benjamin Rutabana is a member.Ms Rwigara denies being a member of the group or any other political party, existing inside or outside the country.

South Africa: Delft May Be Declared High-Risk Area for Public Transport

Western Cape transport MEC Donald Grant intends declaring Delft in Cape Town a high-risk area for public transport following recent minibus taxi violence.

He said in a statement on Thursday that he would place a notice of intention in the Government Gazette.

The declaration would allow the provincial regulatory entity to suspend operating licences, close certain ranks and suspend operations by taxis on identified routes.

“In order to avert such drastic measures my department has in the meantime appointed a group of seasoned, independent mediators to bring all parties involved in the conflict in Delft to the table, and to get them to cease hostilities and work towards a peaceful resolution.”

At least two taxi drivers were shot dead in separate incidents in the area last week.

A driver was also arrested at the Cape Town station deck last week after allegedly stabbing another driver in the buttock.

The stabbed driver’s tyres were also apparently slashed.

The City believes the incident stemmed from rivalry between the Delft and Nyanga taxi associations.

On Thursday morning, Western Cape police said there was no record of any shootings in the area.

This after alarmist messages about the shooting of a taxi driver on Jakes Gerwel Drive and the possibility of a violent taxi war were circulated on social media.

“Currently a strong police presence is in the area monitoring the situation. We will continue until normality has been restored,” said police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.

“We urge both the commuters and taxi operators to co-operate with the police, as our objective is to ensure safety for all.”

Photos of three Golden Arrow buses burning in Delft were also being circulated.

Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer confirmed they were old photos.

She said a bus driver was injured on Wednesday after his vehicle was stoned.

The company diverted operations from the terminus to Borcherds Quarry on Wednesday.

On Thursday, they were operating from Terminus Road and diverting through the “problem area” in Delft.

“We are keeping a very close eye on things,” she said.

Grant thanked the police for the increased deployment of officers in the area and swift arrests for criminal activity.

He also thanked traffic authorities and police for impounding close to 50 taxis for illegal operations in Delft and at the Cape Town station deck.

Source: News24

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Photo: The Nation

Mercy Mokeira.

The Miss World Kenya Nyamira County Mercy Mokeira who got to national spotlight after her photos with Lang’ata Women Prison inmates went viral has passed on.

The 23-year-old vibrant model died on Sunday evening at North Kinangop Hospital where she has been undergoing treatment for an undisclosed disease.

“She complained of muscle pains but preliminary results failed to show the disease she was suffering from. We then sent for more tests but she died before we got the results back,” Josphat Momanyi, her father, said.

The young model was admitted to hospital after she complained of muscle pains.

Various leaders who paid a tribute described as an intelligent, vibrant and bright model.

“This is a great loss to our County. We are saddened beyond words,” Jones Omwenga, a member of the County Executive in Nyamira County, eulogized her.

Ms Mokeira was expecting to graduate from Kenyatta University in June this year with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

In June last year, she became a national sensation after she and her Siaya Counterpart took photos with inmates at the Lang’ata Women’s’ Prison who were deemed to be “more beautiful” than the two beauty queens.

Ms Mokeira who was late last year crowned at the Pwani Awards as the Female Model of the Year carried out several charity activities in various counties in Kenya.


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Nairobi — The Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) is investigating alleged misconduct of nurses accused of using their social media accounts to agitate and shock members of the public by posting how they mistreat patients they consider to be a ‘bother’.

NCK Registrar Tallam Kimaiyo said the Council had received the complaints it considered as serious and damaging to the nursing profession and promised to deal with culprits according to the law.

“It has come to the attention of the Council that certain alleged nurses have engaged in unprofessional behaviour on social media through Facebook posts inciting professional misconduct and advocating for delivery of nursing services in a manner that would endanger and unnecessarily harm members of the public,” she stated.

Kenyans on social media earlier in the week had appealed to the government to deal with nurses who they accused of using their social media accounts to confess how they torture their patients.

It all started when a patient complained that a nurse had mistreated her only for other nurses to use their accounts to share the bad things they do to patients under their care or they would do to ‘disturbing’ patients.

Under #nursesfromhell on twitter and on Facebook Kenyans reacted angrily to the screen shots of messages posted by several nurses on their pages.

However, by Tuesday morning most of the alleged nurses had pulled down their social media accounts.

Rodabellah Arimba posted on her timeline; “How dare you. I am proudly a nurse (midwife) and you don’t know what we go through to save souls. Anyways, ‘if you ever insult a nurse and it happens you get yourself in hospital bed and in a life support machine mhhh trust me that nurse will unplug it just to charge her phone. When pushed to the wall we can be baaaaad lol.”

Arimba’s facebook page had her photos there and in some of them including the profile photo she was wearing her nurse uniform.

After her comment, another nurse supported her; “I wish I can like your comment a million times.”

Adhis Nyasuba posted; “I wish I was there. Ningemuacha apate (I would have let her get) 3rd degree tear or given her a generous bilateral episiotomy na nimshone bila lignocaine mdogo mdogo for 2 hours. (Then I saw her without lignocaine (substance used to numb tissue). Then ni niendee huyo bwana yake vizuri (Then I continue with her husband very well).

Liliane mainye posted; “Huyu (patient) unafaa kuhakikusha amepata 3rd degree tear na akiwa labour room una chuna chuna kidogo! (This patient should get third degree tear and when she is in the labour ward she should be pinched a bit).

Nanjala Winny said; “Huyu nikimpata nampea aminophylline faster faster aende akiendaga, never to get the life to call people whores.” If I get this patient I will give her aminophylline she dies faster so that she never gets to call whores.”

Lyndah kisalu stated; “I feel you guys, huyu inafaa umfanyie (that I she is supposed to get) V.E (Vacuum Extraction) 1000 times, forced to push at 4cm before the cervix is fully dilated, insist she’s dirty and that she’d shower before you attend to her… “

Rachael Nyaga Leshan also posted; “we also don’t like you patients sumbua, saitan. (We also don’t like you patients of disturbance, devil). Doris Kang’ish never go an extra mile for these ungrateful people. Fanya kazi yako yenye unalipwa kufanya, (do the work you are paid to do only) the rest they go drying, or is it dying.”

“It’s quite a shame that someone can really entertain such wicked thoughts at the expense of helpless patients. God knows how many they have switched off from life support machines,” Ndungu Nyoro posted on his Facebook page.

The posts by the nurses attracted thousands of comments with other Facebook users condemning the attitude of the nurses and calling on the government to take action against them.

Doctors and Nurses to Hold Separate Meetings on Strike

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Doctors and nurses will on Wednesday hold separate meetings to chart the way forward on the strike which is in its second week.

Doctors are set to meet with consultants at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to consider proposals put forth by the Health Ministry aimed at ending the strike.

They are thereafter expected to decide the way forward on the industrial action which has paralysed operations in public hospitals.

The nurses on the other hand will meet with the Council of Governors in a bid to break the deadlock which has seen the crisis escalate.

On Tuesday, the Labour Relations Court ordered doctors and nurses to resume work after declaring their strike illegal.

The order was issued by Justice Hellen Wasilwa who directed union officials to call off the strike immediately.


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Counties Buy Water Hyacinth Harvester

By Silas Apollo and Anita Chepkoech

Counties bordering Lake Victoria have bought a water hyacinth harvester, Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has said.

Mr Ranguma, who is also the Lake Region Economic bloc chairman, yesterday said the machine was acquired with the World Bank input.

Mr Ranguma said water hyacinth would be used to produce energy and manure. “Reduction of the weed will enhance port activities,” the county boss said. The machine can harvest 150 tonnes of hyacinth a day.

The lake counties are Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya and Busia.The governor said the Kenya Ports Authority and the county and national governments had signed an agreement to build a new port in Kisumu.

“The devolved unit will also close down factories that discharge effluent into the lake,” he said.

Environment executive Barack Abonyo said the level of pollution was high, leading to diminishing fish stocks.

“We will revoke licences of companies discharging untreated waste into the lake,” he said, adding that the devolved government was working closely with the National Environmental Management Authority “to restore sanity”.


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