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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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Miss World Nyamira County Dies

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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Kenya: Nursing Council Investigating ‘Nurses From Hell’

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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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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Audit of Coffee Debts Begin

By Irene Mugo

A task force has begun the process of auditing coffee debts as part of the reforms aimed at reviving the ailing sector.

However, this is despite a pending case in court blocking the team from implementing its report.

The task force was formed by President Kenyatta and is expected to look at the value chain in the coffee industry and ensure farmers get good remuneration for their produce.

This comes after President Kenyatta, during his central region tour, announced a Sh2.4 billion waiver on coffee farmers’ debts.

He also directed farmers who had surrendered their title deeds as security for loans to collect them as the fund had been deposited at Cooperative Bank.According to the task force’s implementation committee chairman, Prof Joseph Kieyah, they are in the process of acquiring an organisation that will “be looking into the debts that the coffee cooperatives have accumulated beyond the debt that has been waived.”

The committee has also formed a legal and regulatory sub-committee that reports on the status of the legal matters in court over the coffee sub-sector.


Some coffee farmers and the Council of Governors went to court demanding the implementation of the report by the coffee task force stopped.

New National Farmers’ Association chairman Harrison Munyi argued that the team did not include farmers’ views and only featured prominent personalities in the coffee industry leaving out ordinary growers.

“The farmers were misadvised and the task force is at the centre of the farmer. We are trying to protect the property rights of the farmer,” said Prof Kieyah.

He said the committee is in a process of developing a blueprint on how short-term recommendations of the task force can be rolled out within the first quarter of the committee’s sitting.

The chairman said the priority is to increase coffee production in the country from the current 40,000 metric tonnes to more than 47,000 metric tonnes projected next year by providing subsidized farm inputs.

“Before the beginning of the April coffee planting season, we want to roll out short term recommendations that will increase production at a lower cost,” he said adding that the high cost of input have caused a decline in production.

Further, he stated that the Department of Agriculture has already undertaken preliminary steps to rehabilitate the coffee processing machines in factories.

“The factories too are very old and we will rehabilitate them and connect them to the grid,” he said.


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Al-Shabaab Parade Bodies of Kenyan Policemen in Somalia

By Angira Zadock

The two police officers who went missing after the Hamey Police Station attack on Thursday morning were killed and their bodies taken to Somalia.

Their bodies were paraded by al-Shabaab terrorists in their headquarters in Jilib, Somalia. They have been identified as Constable Job Kibet and Constable Kiprotich Ng’eno.

Some 4,484 rounds of ammunition, an MG3 machine gun, two G3 rifles and a VHF radio set were also taken by the terrorists in the raid at the camp in Garissa County, according to a brief sent to police headquarters in Nairobi by Dadaab police.

On Thursday last week, National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said that over 50 terrorists in two Toyota Land Cruisers launched the attack but officers in the camp managed to repulse them.

“The attackers retreated and later returned in bigger numbers in a lorry and fired three bombs into the camp, destroying some tents thus forcing our officers to withdraw for cover,” said Mr Kinoti.

During the attack, Constable Justus Egesa was shot in the head and was later airlifted to Nairobi for treatment.

Constables Robert Kinuthia, Stephen Mutua, and Reuben Kiprono suffered light injuries. They were rescued and taken to Dadaab Hospital for treatment.

Sergeant Godfrey Kailutha and Constable Peter Kambutha escaped without any injuries, according to the police.

After the attack, the terrorists burnt down four tents and drove away in a police vehicle.

“Following subsequent reinforcement, all officers have been accounted for except two,” said Mr Kinoti.

Police also confirmed that the photos doing the rounds on social media were those of the missing police vehicle, a Land Cruiser with the registration number GKA 398Y.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the police officers were caught unawares and that there was no rapid response team to pursue the attackers after the raid.


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Local Durban crime fighters have gone high-tech, developing a smartphone app that could save your life.

Pioneers of the Dawncliffe Neighbourhood Watch, Mike Myers and former policeman and Paul Stone, believe they have identified the major pitfalls of reporting an emergency.

“Simply put, people are not prepared for emergencies. They panic and don’t know who to call and in most cases they don’t have the numbers readily available. Added to this situation is that during an emergency they are not in a position to make the phone call and almost always not in a position to make any follow up calls to find out where their help is,” Myers said in an interview with News24.

The app, dubbed MOBI-CLAW, has already notched up a success in the first phase of its development after it’s launch on February 1.

“Two weeks ago, we had an incident on the N3 highway near the Pavilion where a woman had run out of petrol. She phoned her son and as he arrived with petrol he saw a man attacking her in her car.”

“He pressed the panic and we managed to get everyone there and we had an arrest made in 13 minutes from the time the panic was pressed,” he said.

“By a simple touch of a button your mobile phone sends an emergency report to MOBI-CLAW control which includes your current location. Trained members then handle your emergency by co-ordinating first responders to get to you quickly,” Myers said, adding that they had nearly 700 signed-up members.

Myers said that the application used the phone’s GPS to track your location, allowing those rushing to the emergency to find the potential victim.

“If you are kidnapped in a hijacking or your phone is stolen during a crime, we will be able follow your phone as long as it remains on. MOBI-CLAW will also handle your medical emergency reporting and your profile will include all your necessary medical data so that we can furnish this to any medical staff who are attending to you,” he said.

“What makes our app different is that it is not just another mobile panic button, our app is merely a tool for our business, our business is handling your emergency from the time you press the panic button to the time we receive on authority that your emergency is under control.”

The service costs per phone are: R100 registration and R45 monthly subscription, and the app is available from

Source: News24

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