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Queries raised on Marsabit killings: The Standard

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Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali (left) with his Wajir counterpart Mohammed Abdi at Badan Arero in Sololo during a peace meeting between herders from the two counties. [Ali Abdi/Standard]
The recent killings of young people, mostly students in Saku Constituency, Marsabit Central, has baffled residents.

The killers, in jungle fatigue, mostly strike when dusk approaches and disappear under the cover of darkness into the dense Mt Marsabit forest. Their targets have largely been students and primary school-going pupils.
On June 9, four teenagers, a 23-year-old boda boda rider Nchuchu Monsor, Jessica Leado, 23 (a student at Tangaza College, Nairobi), Peter Obelei, 25 (Kenyatta University students) and Daniel Lantare, 17 (student at Saku Secondary School), were killed near the abandoned Badasa dam at around 6:30pm on the eastern part of the forest.
The four were heading home in Songa from Marsabit town. The attackers fled into the forest that also doubles up as a national park managed by the Kenya Wildlife Services.
Two weeks earlier, an unidentified nine-year-old boy was shot dead in the evening on the western section of the forest in Haro Halake Yayo area while police reservists pursuing the attackers gunned down a militiaman dressed in jungle uniform at Sege. 
On June 22, two 16-year-old students, Musa Kamau (St Paul Secondary School in Isiolo) and Godana Halake (Sacred Hearts School, Isiolo), were shot dead at around 11am along Bank quarters, within Marsabit town. Their friend, Baraqo Qararsa, 12, a Standard Six pupil at Hekima Primary in Isiolo, sustained gunshot wound.
A day later, three youths riding on a boda boda on Karare-Songa road on the southern section of the forest were ambushed by gunmen at around 7:30pm. Twenty-year-old Adrian Lenkopiya, a Form Four student, was killed while his companions escaped death by a whisker. The two sustained gunshot wounds. The armed attackers also fled into the forest.
Herders killed
The eight students are among 15 people killed at various centres in Saku in less than two weeks, with the highlight being the gunning down of four herders at Jica borehole at Kukoto area within Sagante/Jaldesa ward on June 13.
Salesa Hulufo, an official of Voice of Pastoralists, a media lobby group working in northern Kenya, said targeting the able-bodied, especially students, was meant to hurt the families and communities of the victims.
“Literacy levels in the pastoral regions are very low and the few who struggle to invest in their children’s education to the level of university expect a return. It’s very painful when that life is taken away,” Mr Hulufo said.
In the past, such attacks led to counter-attacks where the victim’s side revenge, sparking inter-clan clashes.
Politicians, Hulufo, could exploit such situations to gain political mileage.
Between 2013 and 2014, hundreds of people were killed in Moyale in inter-clan clashes that were attributed to politics and land factors.
Tribal clashes
Leaders from the region agree that such killings would contribute to outright tribal clashes if not curbed and identity of organisers of the killers established and arrested.
Five people, among them a former Member of County Assembly and a former councillor, have been arrested following the incidents in Saku and are facing charges of incitement to violence in a Marsabit court.
In November last year, 13 people, including three police officers, were killed at Orendel in Kinta location, of Saku constituency.
In 2005, five children from Karare, going for a Sunday school event at Songa, were gunned down by hit men who later fled into Mt Marsabit forest.
In the run-up to the March 2013 general election, a woman and her three children were shot dead at Hulahula while sitting outside their home in the evening by militiamen.
Governor Mohamud Ali and MPs Dido Rasso (Saku), Musa Arbele (Laisamis) and Chachu Ganya (North Horr) have demanded a probe that would reveal the faces behind the killings.
They have called the incidents organised crime.
Marsabit County Commissioner Evans Achoki said the Government is aware of the trend of conflict and what causes it. “The security committee will go further than just looking for the killers,” he said. He cautioned politicians against inciting communities to violence.

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Woman announces banns of marriage on Facebook – Nairobi News

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A Ugandan woman has announced her banns of marriage via social media, a move that has not only excited her followers on the platform, but also left her with several congratulatory messages.

Banns of marriage are public announcements in church or town council of an impending marriage between two specified persons.

The purpose of banns is to enable anyone to raise any civil or legal impediment to the marriage so as to prevent marriages that are invalid.

With this in mind, and churches in Uganda indefinitely closed by the government as a way of curbing the spread of coronavirus, one Mary Matovu made the decision to personally announce her banns on Facebook.

NO OBJECTION

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“Hey people. His name is Jonathan Katamba, the last born of four, the most amazing faithful surveyor, property seller and manager I know in Uganda. He says he wants to marry me. If anyone objects to this, speak now,” she wrote on Facebook.

And for good measure, she posted her picture alongside that of her fiancé.

Most of those who commented wrote; “No objection and congratulations.”

The couple is said to have already concluded the introduction ceremony.

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More East African artistes seeking to join politics – Nairobi News

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Perhaps inspired by Charles Njagua ‘Jaguar’ and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, a number of musicians in Tanzania and Uganda have lately declared their interest to run for elective seats ahead of general elections which will be held in 2020 and 2021 respectively in the two countries.

Kenya’s Jaguar clinched the Starehe parliamentary seat during the 2017 general elections while Bobi Wine triumphed in Kyadondo by-elections in the same year.

Bobi Wine is now eyeing the country’s presidency and has since emerged as one of President Yoweri Museveni’s main opponents.

But who are these artiste who are now seeking to join them?

1. Jackson Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone

The Ugandan musician has already presented his nomination papers and is seeking to become the next Lord Mayor of Kampala. He will be running on a People Power movement ticket, which is associated with Bobi Wine.

2. Khamis Mwinjuma aka Mwana FA

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During a recent interview with Clouds FM, Mwana FA announced he will be vying for the Tanga Parliamentary seat. His political campaign has however been toned down after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus in April. He has kept a low profile since being discharged from the hospital.

3. Hamisi Shaban Taletale aka Babu Tale

The Tanzanian music manager and co-founder of WCB Wasafi music label made famous by Diamond Platnumz has also joined politics. He is gunning for the Morogoro parliamentary seat.

4. Jackson Ngechu aka Prezzo

The Kenyan musician has on several occasions announced he will be contesting for the Kibra Parliamentary seat in the 2022 general elections.

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Woman dies after being electrocuted by a refrigerator: The Standard

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A woman has died in Nyando after she was electrocuted by a refrigerator.
While confirming the incident, Nyando OCPD Leonard Matete said Maureen Atieno (pictured) got electrocuted while opening the fridge at her home in Kakola, Nyando Sub-County.
According to the police boss, the matter was reported by Atieno’s father-in-law who told them that she was going to pick some fish which she wanted to fry and take to the market.
Matete stated that upon proceeding to the refrigerator, a touch on its door electrocuted her instantly. He said Atieno began wailing before she fell on the ground.
The police boss stated that Atieno died while being rushed to Boya Hospital and has since been transferred to Ahero Sub-County hospital’s morgue.
While terming the incident as unusual, Matete stated that they had launched investigations on the incident, and had called Kenya Power to help with the probe.
“We are investigating the matter, we have called in Kenya Power to check on what might have gone wrong,” he stated.
Her death comes barely six months after her late husband, William Omondi Alias Sisqo, who was among the famous Nyando six died in November last year in a gruesome murder in Busia.

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