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Obama announces ‘African summer read’


Former US president Barack Obama has tweeted a list of books by African authors that he recommends for his annual summer reading list.

They include: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Return by Hisham Matar.

Mr Obama said the authors were the “best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways”.

He made the announcement ahead of his trip to the continent, which will see him visit his ancestral home in Kenya and then head to South Africa where he will deliver the annual Mandela Day lecture.

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Caf bans Kenyan referee Aden Marwa from all football for life


The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has banned Kenyan referee, Aden Marwa, from all football activities for life.

The ruling comes after the referee was filmed by undercover journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, accepting money ahead of the Russia World Cup.

Marwa, who had been chosen to officiate in Russia, was dropped from the World Cup list following Anas’ investigation.

Marwa has denied any wrongdoing in response to the corruption allegations.

Ten other referees have been handed bans of between two and ten years.

Caf announced the sanctions following a meeting of its disciplinary board.

According to a brief statement, Caf said a total of 22 referees have been punished by African football’s ruling body with Togolese Yanissou Bebou and Gambian Jallow Ebrima banned for 10 years each.

Kenya fire: ‘Parents search for children’


Distraught parents have been going from ward to ward at the main hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to find their children, following the fire which raged through a market in the city, AFP news agency reports.

Betty Kaveke was looking for her three missing children at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

“I have only found one, aged 14, the rest are nowhere to be seen and the house is destroyed,” she was quoted as saying.

At least 15 people were killed and 70 wounded after a blaze ripped through Gikomba market, one of the largest in Nairobi.

By AFP

Kenya ‘seizes illegally imported sugar’


Kenyan officials have confiscated 3,000 bags of what is suspected to be illegally imported sugar from a warehouse in Meru town in the east, local media reports.

The sugar, which was imported from Brazil, was being repackaged into bags to indicate it was sourced from Zambia, Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga was quoted as saying.

At least 13 workers, along with the manager of the warehouse, had been arrested, the Daily Nation newspaper reports.

‘Trump pressures Kenya to seize South Sudan assets’


Kenya’s Daily Nation news site says that the country’s government has resisted pressure from the US to seize assets and wealth belonging to South Sudan’s elite.

The newspaper quotes Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau as saying:

Kenya knows its obligations in regards to corruption and money laundering, and is working closely with the international community on the same. However, we work with multilateral platforms and don’t take instructions from other sovereign states.”

The Trump administration’s actions follow the publication of a report in 2016, commissioned by actor George Clooney, which accuses South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar, and top generals of making themselves rich while the country has struggled under a civil war of their making.

The report found that family members of President Kiir and Mr Machar reside in luxurious homes outside South Sudan, including homes in one particular upmarket neighbourhood of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Daily Nation

The beautiful family of Nairobi lady who died after undergoing breast enlargement surgery


– The mother of three lost her life after undergoing a breast enlargement surgery at a helth facility

– June Mulupi seemingly foresaw her death in a blog post she wrote

– She has left behind a young family following her pursuit for more beauty

June Wanza Mulupi the woman who died following a botched breast enlargement surgery, lived life to the fullest surrounded by loving family.

The mother of three who died of sepsis at Nairobi Hospital after a breast augmentation surgery that went wrong at Karen hospital, might also have had premonition of her untimely demise as she wrote a blog about death in 2016.

Mulupi’s sudden death sent chills across the country especially among women who increasingly have sought larger breasts.

June Wanza Mulupi died after a botched breast augmentation surgery at Karen hospital. Photo: Anne Mutabari/ Facebook

The deceased reportedly loved blogging about food and life however, on January 2016 she penned an article titled, Make the most of your time on earth, wondering whether there are people who are ever ready for death, as reported by Nairobi News, on Tuesday, June 13.

Mulupi was full of life and enjoyed a warm family relationship. Photo: Fortune Wasike/ Facebook

In the detailed blog, Mulupi described how her husband’s community treats the dead unbeknown to her death would come calling sooner than she imagined two years down the line.

Mulupi was described as kind and a great mother to her three children. Photo: June Mulupi/ Instagram

“Where he (husband) comes from, they treat corpses as if they still have life, that’s why they will carry it to the home of the deceased a few days before they bury the body, so they can ‘hang’ around it, she penned.

Her relatives fondly referred to her as a great mother to her three kids, exceptional and kind.

Mulupi wrote about death in 2016 on her blog. Photo: June Mulupi/ Facebook….

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By Mary Wangari

Kenya launches first National Land Use Policy


By NJOKI KIHIU, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun, 12 – Kenya’s first National Land Use Policy has been unveiled to enhance planning and promote equitable utilization with the main aim of ending the perennial land problems in the country.

The policy was unveiled at a ceremony presided over by Deputy President William Ruto, who lauded it as a solution to unplanned settlements that have impacted negatively on the environment.

The Deputy President hailed the policy saying it will give Kenyans dignity and a sense of belonging as well as promote food security which is one of the key pillars in the government’s Big Four agenda

‘’Successful implementation of this policy will place Kenya firmly on an accelerated path to Vision 2030 via the big four agenda. Success is critical and there is no room for failure or mediocre work in implementing this policy,” said Ruto.

The Deputy President asked the Ministry of Lands to plan wisely on how the objectives of the policy will be realized since it will be the framework to plan for future land use.

Ruto reiterated that lack of vision, incompetence and mediocre planning is a threat to the development of the country and achievement of the policy is not an option.

“Every effort must be committed to ensuring that it succeeds in addressing food insecurity, unplanned settlements, inefficient land practices and environmental degradation,” he said.

Besides employing the Policy, referred to as the Sessional Paper No.1 of 2017, to address land problems in the country, Mr Ruto called on the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning to lead the way in forecasting and planning on the land requirements of the country.

According to the Lands Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney, the National Land Use Policy sets out long-term goals on land use management.

Ms Karoney said the policy provides legal, administrative, institutional and technological framework for optimal use and productivity of land in a sustainable way.

“This policy calls for the allocation of lands and issuance of titles on the basis of approved physical development plans. It further advocates for an audit and mapping out of the number and location of informal settlements and provide security of tenure,” she said.

By Ola