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Riviera High School Club Wins Swimming Competition

By Jejje Muhinde

Riviera High School Swimming Club were crowned champions of a one-day swimming competition organised by Thousand Kilo’s Women Canoe and Aquatic Swimming Club on Saturday at Hill Top Hotel, Remera.

Riviera Club took the winner’s trophy after four of their swimmers dominated the mixed 200m relay free style category beating Hill Top and Lycee De Kigali Swimming Clubs that came second and third, respectively.

Riviera swimmers including; Cleon Sexerano, Noella Mutabazi, Daniel Audra Casillas Iyongere and Nelly Ange, finished top in different age group categories.

Hill Top Swimming Club won the boys’ 6-15 years (50m breaststroke) category, with Chris Noah clocking 30 seconds to finish ahead of Alex Kamali (32 secs) from Vision Club and Waridi Nshimiyimana, who finished third in 35 seconds.

The 16 and above years girls’ 100m break stroke category was claimed by Claudette Iradukuda from Karongi Swimming club, who clocked 3 minutes and 28 seconds, while the boys’ category was won by Steven Rukundinka from CBS in 2 minutes and 37seconds.

Over 40 participants took part in the competition whose objective was to attract and encourage more women to join the sport, according to Thousand Kilo’s Women Canoe and Aquatic Swimming Club Secretary General, Luvarie Uwambajimana.

He said: “Because of our culture, some (Rwandan) women fear to expose their bodies in public, and I think, for this reason, they don’t take up the sport, so we tend to educate and encourage more girls to take up the sport, that’s why we formed this club as women to inspire others.”

Rwandan Swimming Federation president, Samuel Kinimba Ufitimana, thanked the organisers, the sponsors as well as encouraged participants, who did not finish on the podium to train harder for the next competitions.


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We Might Be Small But Law Rules, Says Aukot

By Maureen Kakah

A jubilant Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot on Wednesday said he would hold a meeting with the top party officials, soon after he was allowed to take part in the election.

When the judge declared that his rights had been violated, Dr Aukot said Thirdway Alliance had been underestimated.

“We want to relish this moment, enjoy the opportunity we have been given and assure Kenyans that we shall be on the ballot,” Dr Aukot said.

“We believe in our firmness as Thirdway Alliance. They underestimated our smallness. We may be small politically, but if we have the law on our side, justice will reign.”


Dr Aukot added that his party would retreat to make a decision on the next move “as some issues with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission remain pending”.

He said his party had concerns about the commission’s ability to hold a fair poll even before the August 8 General Election and that “individuals who bungled elections have to be brought to book”.

“IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati violated the Constitution by discriminating against me. We will be engaging him in the next 15 days because we have a set of concerns to raise against IEBC and they are out in the open,” he said, adding that he would issue a comprehensive statement on the matter later.

Justice John Mativo ruled that Dr Aukot’s rights had been infringed on and ordered the electoral commission to immediately issue a new gazette notice or amend the one it released, including Dr Aukot as a presidential candidate.


“Having participated and supported the petition that nullified the election, I find nothing to bar Dr Aukot from contesting,” the judge said.

He added that the Constitution stipulated that the only candidates for a runoff would be the winner and the runner up in the first round.

Justice Mativo, however, said the Supreme Court decision in the presidential poll petition referred to a fresh election to be held in 60 days from the time of ruling, “implying that those who participated in the invalidated poll can still run”.

According to the judge, the period would be inadequate for nominations, hence the inclusion of all candidates would be logical and serve greater public interest.

He described the provision of Article 138 as a situation that called for a runoff while that of the Supreme Court’s decision as one for a fresh poll.


“These are not hypothetical situations. One should not be imposed on the other,” he added.

Dr Aukot had challenged the exclusion of his name in the gazette notice that announced President Kenyatta and Mr Raila Odinga as the only contestants in the rerun.

He sued the IEBC, its chairman, Jubilee and ODM.

As soon as the judgment was read, IEBC and Jubilee asked the court to temporarily suspend its decision.

But as if changing their minds, they also told the judge that they would not over emphasise the request.

Additional Candidates Likely to Push Up Cost of Repeat Poll

By John Ngirachu

The court’s decision to allow Dr Ekuru Aukot and other candidates in the August 8 polls to participate in the repeat presidential election could result in an increase in the cost of the election as well as pushing forward of the date.

This is because the gadgets that are a crucial part of the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (Kiems) would have to be reconfigured to include the names of the additional candidates.

The consequences of having more candidates in the election scheduled for October 26, are stated in the agreement between the poll agency and OT Morpho — the company supplying the poll technology.

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The agreement stated as part of its necessary conditions, that the election be on October 26 and that the poll be limited to two candidates, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.


“Due to the limited time frame,” the agreement says, “the system (results transmission system and kits) cannot accept other candidates for this October 26 election.”

The system was also not configured for a second round as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was operating under the assumption that the next election would be a re-run and the candidate with the most votes would be declared the winner.

Reconfiguration of the tablets used at the 40,883 polling stations and the 291 constituency tallying centres would also involve changing the format of the forms 34B.

The kits have been reconfigured to make it possible for forms 34B to have a uniform format.


OT Morpho was understood to have hired 400 workers to handle the reconfiguration of the tablets at its warehouse in Nairobi.

With the agreement stating that the electoral agency would be responsible for any extra costs, the commission would have to pay more.

The contract with OT Morpho is worth Sh2.4 billion.

OT Morpho had stated that the provisional results transmitted by the presiding officers via the results transmission system would be consolidated into reports at the constituency level and used to compare with the official forms 34B.


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Kalipande to Represent At Commonwealth ICT Forum

By Jeromy Kadewere

Melvin Kalipande has emerged as this year’s overall winner in the Information Communication Technology of Malawi (ICTAM) Innovation Forum awards after his Iris application was selected the best.

His application was named the best in the business process category before he was selected the overall winner during the two-day innovation forum at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge on Saturday.

For emerging the winner, Kalipande will next year represent Malawi at Commonwealth ICT forum in Rwanda early next year.

“I am humbled to have won. I want to make a difference in this country,” he said.

Kalipande turning to his Iris application said:”The application was created to aid in the learning process. We introduced an interactive learning experience bundled with fully animated three dimensional organs to show the processes that happen in the human body, this has led to increased engagement and interest from students.”

One of the judges Patricia Khomani asked the winner to fine tune his innovation to compete strongly at next year’s ICT Commonwealth Forum.

Kalipande also won another award in Education and Training category through e-class innovation.

In other awards Peza application was voted the best in entrepreneurship category. Peza was created by Dumisani Kaliyati and Alfred Andrew Kankuzi.

In financial category, Sunga App, by Kankuzi was also named the best while MacDonald Chisale was selected the winner in agriculture category through Organic Food Market App.

Helpline Services App by MacBain Mkandawire won the vulnerable groups category while One for All by Steven Thokozire Chapola won the government category.

Emmanuel Mhango’s innovation of Wamas was chosen the best in water and sanitation category.

ICTAM President Wisely Phiri commended the winners and asked them to continue improving their innovations.


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Churchill to Launch New Comedy Talent Search Show

By Hilary Kimuyu

Comedian Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki is set to launch a new reality show to hunt for the best comedian in Kenya.

The show dubbed The Ultimate Comic will see Churchill partner with Maisha Magic East to find a rib cracking, stand-up comedian between the age of 18 and 50.

The hunt will begin through auditions in four major towns in Kenya beginning in Mombasa on 22nd and 23rd September, before moving to Kisumu City on 29th and 30th September.

Nakuru auditions will be held on the first weekend of October then followed by Nairobi the following weekend.

The Ultimate Comic aims to grow new talent in the comedy industry and give a chance for both the young and old alike to realize their dreams.


The winner will walk away with a TV contract, Sh1 million shillings and a car.

Following the auditions, 40 successful comedians from across the country will be shortlisted to take part in the knock-out stages and live shows before the grand finale scheduled for March 2018.

Maisha Magic East Head of Channel Margaret Mathore said the Ultimate Comic is a platform for local comedians to showcase their talent.

“We strive to deliver the shows that people love into their hands and their living rooms while using our influence and resources to play a positive role in Africa. We remain committed to helping to grow our local people and creative industries. This show is a continued sign of that commitment by Maisha Magic East,” said Ms Mathore.


Judges of the show will include renowned comedians Tony Njuguna, Felix Odiwuor popularly known as Jalang’o and radio host Massawe Japanni.

The short listed comedians will also receive mentorship by various top personalities among them Charles Bukeko, aka Papa Shirandula, MC Jessy, Abel Mutua, Sammy Mwangi, Victor Ber, Carolyne Adong’o and Obillo Ng’ongo.

The Ultimate Comic show will air on Maisha Magic East from Saturday 4 November 2017 at 8.30pm.


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Korean Community in Rwanda Celebrate National Day

The Korean community in Rwanda, together with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, has organised ‘Korea Week’ to celebrate their national culture and heritage.

The Korean Week, to run from September 18 to 24, is the first of its kind since the opening of the embassy in Kigali in 2011, according to Korean envoy to Rwanda Kim Eung-Joong.

The cultural week, which opened on Monday with the National Day Reception in Kigali, will close with the 2017 Korean Ambassador’s Cup for Taekwondo at Petit Stade in Remera on September 23 and 24.

“The Embassy of the Republic of Korea expects Rwandan people to have deeper understanding of its culture throughout the events, and these events will contribute to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the two countries,” Kim said while officiating at the launch of the activities.

The launch event was attended by several government officials, legislators and members of diplomatic corps accredited to Rwanda.

Other activities include Korea scholarship briefing session held on Tuesday at the embassy, Korean Film Festival to be held at the Century Cinema in Kigali from Wednesday to Friday, and the Korean speech contest, to be held at the embassy on Friday.

Every year, the Government of Korea invites undergraduate or post-graduate students in Rwanda to Korea and offers opportunities of studying in Korea. Through the scholarship briefing session, the embassy explained how to apply for their scholarships.

The Korean Film Festival will be the highlight, according to the embassy, featuring four selected Korean movies – “Train to Busan”, “A Hard Day”, “Miss Granny”, and “Masquerade.”

These films are covering various genres from action and thriller to comedy and drama.

Meanwhile, over 200 Rwandans applied for the Korean speech contest. Participants will make a five-minute speech in Korean among three topics as follows: ‘how to introduce Rwanda to Korean’, ‘reasons to visit Korea’ and ‘how Rwanda and Korea get closer to each other’.

The winner of the competition will be awarded with prizes, including Samsung Smart gadgets.

About 250 Koreans live in Rwanda.


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Limuru Player Paul Muchangi Tops Uganda Open

By Larry Ngala

Kenya’s Paul Muchangi finished third in Tusker Malt Uganda Open amateur championship which ended at Uganda Golf Club Kitante in Kampala at the weekend.

Limuru Country Club’s Muchangi, who won Karen Challenge weeks ago, fired an impressive three under par 69 in the closing round for a total of 12 over par 300, losing to the winner Ronald Rugumayo of Uganda by a shot.

Before the final round, Muchangi had fired rounds of 76, 77 and 78. His compatriot Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railway Golf Club was fourth on 301 gross made up of 77, 79, 71 and 74. The winner – Rugumayo – had tied with former champion Ronald Otile who however lost in sudden-death play-off where Rugumayo birdied the 12th, 17th and 18th holes to claim the title.

A total of 14 Kenyan amateur golfers were among a big field which participated in the event which will be followed by the main championship featuring professionals from September 25 to 30 at the same venue.

Besides Muchangi and Njoroge, other Kenyan golfers who travelled to Uganda are Alfred Nandwa, Andrew Chelogoi, Dennis Saikwa, Bernard Omondi, Anthony Irungu, Aaron Kitur, Shileen Nanji, Joseph Gathumbi, Mike Kisia, John Karichu, Robinson Owiti and Edwin Mudanyi.

Having finished third, Muchangi is likely to be invited for the main championship, the 2017 Uganda Open, next week.


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Afrobasket 2017 – Rwanda Face Cameroon for Place in Quarters

By Richard Bishumba

RWANDA will have to beat Cameroon to reach the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) in Tunisia and Senegal.

The two teams face-off in the final Group C game Sunday afternoon in Tunis, kickoff at 2pm Rwanda time.

Rwanda are in a tricky situation to make the last eight after losing 78-60 to hosts Tunisia on Saturday night, while Cameroon defeated debutants Equatorial Guinea 98-53.

Although Rwanda had a number of impressive comebacks in the second and third quarter, it’s the hosts who dominated the game for most of the time.

Tunisia won the first quarter 18-12 but Moïse Mutokambali’s men took the second narrowly 13-12 before Tunisia returned for the second half with more vigor, claiming the third and fourth quarters, 22-19 and 26-16 respectively.

Tunisia international Mohamed Hadidane scored a game high 20 points while Olivier Shyaka led Rwanda with 17 points. Dan Manzi and Kami Kabange added 13 points and 11 points in that order.

The winner between Rwanda and Cameroon will join group leaders Tunisia in the last eight. Both teams go into today’s clash, having won one game against Guinea and lost game against Tunisia.

Tunisia takes on Guinea at 8pm having already qualified for quarter-finals while their opponents stand zero chance after losing their first two games against Rwanda and Cameroon on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Today marks the end of the group stages round both in Senegal and Tunisia. The quarter-finals will played on September 14, semi-finals the next day while the final is scheduled for September 16. All knock-out games will be hosted in Tunisia.


Group C

Rwanda vs Cameroon – 2pm

Tunisia vs Guinea – 7pm

Saturday: Group A

Ivory Coast 60-81 DR Congo

Mali 67-90 Nigeria

Group B

Uganda 54-57 Central Africa

Morocco 60-54 Angola

Group C

Cameroon 96-53 Guinea

Tunisia 78-60 Rwanda

Group D

South Africa 61-67 Mozambique

Egypt 52-87 Senegal


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Bernard Wamalwa Retains Seat as Busia County Speaker

By Gaitano Pessa

Bernard Wamalwa has retained his seat as the Busia County Assembly Speaker after one round of voting.

Mr Wamalwa, with the backing of most Nasa-affiliated MCAs, the majority in the assembly, got 49 votes out of the 53 that were cast.

Lawyer Gabriel Fwaya was second with three votes while Busia County Education Board Chairman, Prof Stephen Odebero, managed to get only one vote.

The mandatory two-thirds of the total vote, 36 out of 53 was required for a candidate to be declared a winner.

County Assembly Clerk Allan Mabuka declared Mr Wamalwa the winner after the voting was over and ballots counted.

Mr Wamalwa, a close ally of Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, had earlier expressed confidence that he would retain his seat.


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By Sam Kiplagat

The Supreme Court is set to deliver judgment on the presidential election petition filed by Nasa leader Raila Odinga, the Judiciary has said.

The Judiciary on Friday confirmed that Registrar Esther Nyaiyaki has notified parties that the court would sit at 11am and that they should be seated in court by then.

The court’s seven judges are set to decide whether to uphold or nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win as declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The IEBC declared President Kenyatta the winner after garnering 54 per cent of the votes cast on August 8.

But if the judges find that there were massive irregularities in the poll, they will annul the win and send back voters to the ballot in 60 days.


Mr Odinga argued that the poll was marred by massive irregularities and that the electoral commission breached constitutional and legal provisions in the poll.

Through lawyer Otiende Amollo, Mr Odinga said the presidential results were made on the basis on erroneous Forms 34Bs, aggregated from Forms 34As which were only available five days after Presidential results had been announced.

On his part, Mr Kenyatta urged the court to dismiss the case, saying that a voter who queued for hours to make his choice cannot be punished for the mistakes of a poll official.

IEBC, on its part, has maintained that the election complied with all the provisions of law and the results were a true reflection of the will of Kenyans.


“It is about the voter. The person who exercised his sovereign will as required under Article 32(2) of the Constitution,” Mr Ahmednasir Abdullahi, President Kenyatta’s lawyer, argued.

The lawyer said that the essence of the vote is about who voted because numbers matter and the most important thing is to show that the winner had the numbers, in this case, President Kenyatta.


IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, through lawyer Kamau Karori, argued before the court that the Nasa petition was devoid of merit and the complaints made cannot be used to subvert the will of Kenyans.

He was supported by Prof PLO Lumumba who said the complaints raised are “petty grievances and administrative errors”, which should not be used to annul the wishes of Kenyans.

Attorney-General Githu Muigai, who was allowed to participate in the proceedings as a friend of the court, urged the judges to consider the place of the voter.

“My Lords elections are not about politicians or political parties but the right of the voter. The court should ask itself a simple question: Was the election free and fair? Was there transparency, impartiality, efficiency, accuracy and accountability?” he posed.

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