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    Detectives arrest Governor Okoth Obado again
    Posted on: 2018-11-14 16:00:09

    Migori Governor Okoth Obado was on Wednesday arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for questioning after eight guns were found in his homes during a raid by officers from the anti-graft agency.

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives Tuesday raided the office and homes of Mr Obado and confiscated, among other things, eight firearms, several bank statements and electronics.

    Five of the firearms were recovered in Nairobi while sources within EACC said they recovered another three in Migori. The Nation could not independently authenticate the claims because the homes were heavily guarded.

    The detectives pounced at dawn, and spent hours rummaging through documents that could help in their investigations into alleged misappropriation of Sh2 billion in Migori County.

    The Firearms Act is silent on the number of pistols a licensed civilian should own, but is specific on the type of firearms to be licensed for.

    Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the firearms would be subjected to ballistic examinations and verification of certificates at the Central Firearms Bureau.

    The rural home of the governor remained highly guarded for the period that the detectives were looking for the documents.

    The team of about 60 officers from Nairobi and Kisii, accompanied by heavily armed security personnel, was earlier in the day at the county government offices, where a similar operation was carried out.

    The county boss is accused of using proxies, among them his relatives, to siphon Sh2 billion from the coffers of the county government, according to an affidavit filed in court by the anti-corruption watchdog.


    Last weekend, Mr Obado asked Christians across the country to pray for him, saying he feels as if he is walking through a fire.

    Mr Obado, who made the request on Saturday as Deputy President William Ruto toured Migori, further said it is as if he was thrown inside a crocodile's mouth.

    The governor spent weeks in Industrial Area Remand Prison in Nairobi County, following his arrest over the murder of his girlfriend Sharon Otieno.

    Ms Otieno, a student of Rongo University, was seven months pregnant with his child when she was brutally murdered on September 3.

    Other suspects in the case are Mr Obado's aides Michael Oyamo and Casper Obiero and one Grado Kithine Ocholla. Mr Obado was freed on a Sh5 million cash bail.

    At Nyabururu Catholic Church during a funds drive, Mr Obado said the prayers will help set him free.

    “If you pray for me, I will get out of the crocodile’s mouth,” he said to laughter.



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    India unveils the world's tallest statue
    Posted on: 2018-11-03 14:16:03

    India has unveiled the world's tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build.

    The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "statue of unity" would serve as a major tourist attraction.

    But locals say this is as a waste of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use.

    Mr Modi, who unveiled the statue at a grand inaugural event, said it is "a symbol of India's integrity and resolve."

    Air Force planes showered flowers on the statue, which was designed by decorated Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar.

    According to local reports, thousands of policemen have been deployed across the district, where protests over the effigy have turned violent. Police detained farmers and tribal activists during a protest on Tuesday.

    Media captionStunning visuals of the world's tallest statue

    The statue has become a rallying point for local farmers who are demanding compensation for land that they say has been acquired by the government for various projects, including the construction of the memorial.

    The Gujarat government is reported to have paid more than half of the funds for the statue, while the remainder came from the federal government or public donations.

    The memorial has been seen as a pet project of Mr Modi, who like Patel, was born in Gujarat. He commissioned the statue when he was the state's chief minister in 2010.

    It is nearly twice as tall as New York's Statue of Liberty. And it has surpassed the height of the Spring Temple Buddha in China which, at 128m, was previously the tallest in the world.

    But it won't remain the world's tallest statue for long. The government in the western state of Maharashtra is constructing a memorial to the Maratha warrior king Shivaji that is estimated to be 190m tall.

    Patel was India's first interior minister and deputy prime minister. He was known as the "Iron Man of India" after he persuaded feuding states to unite and become part of the Indian state after independence.

    While campaigning in 2013 to become prime minister, Mr Modi said, "every Indian regrets that Sardar Patel did not become the first prime minister".

    In recent years, Mr Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has embraced Patel in an attempt to claim his legacy. While Congress party politicians say Patel was a member of their party, the BJP says the freedom fighter's legacy belongs to everybody.

    Image caption Officials expect that the 182m tall statue will attract millions of annual visitors

    Officials expect that the site, located some 200km (125 miles) from Gujarat's main city, Ahmedabad, will attract about 2.5 million annual visitors and will help boost local economy.

    Visitors can go up to the viewing gallery, which is located near the chest of the statue at a height of 153m.

    But locals, including farmers, are sceptical.

    "Instead of spending money on a giant statue, the government should have used it for farmers in the district," Vijendra Tadvi, a farmer who also worked as a driver on the statue's construction site, told BBC Gujarati's Roxy Gagdekar.

    What went into making the world's tallest statue?

    • The Statue of Unity weighs about 67,000 tonnes and has been built to withstand major earthquakes as well as heavy winds
    • Around 12,000 bronze panels were used in the exterior, weighing almost 1,850 tonnes
    • The monument and its surroundings occupy more than 20,000 sq metres, encompassed by a 12 sq km artificial lake
    • More than 2,000 workers along with several hundred labourers from China contributed to the efforts

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    Leicester City helicopter crash: Players chose to play against Cardiff - Jamie Vardy
    Posted on: 2018-11-03 12:20:13

    Leicester City's players want to play at Cardiff so they can honour the club's owner who died in a helicopter crash, says striker Jamie Vardy.

    Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people were killed in the crash outside King Power Stadium on 27 October.

    "We need to make sure we do him proud on the pitch," said Vardy, 31.

    Saturday's Premier League match in Cardiff is the Foxes' first since the incident and manager Claude Puel has said the result is "not important".

    Speaking to Football Focus, Vardy said: "The boss [Puel] gave us the option to do other things, whatever we felt best.

    "Everyone came to a unanimous decision, we get out there and make sure we prepare for an important game.

    "It was a tough decision [to play at Cardiff]. But knowing what Vichai would have wanted meant it was an easier decision to make.

    "Every single player and staff member needed to play and wanted to play, and we need to make sure we do him proud on the pitch."

    Leicester City pay their respects at the King Power Stadium

    Vardy said the players began training again on Tuesday, and added: "The training sessions have been good.

    "I think by playing football you are able to take your mind off it slightly, even just for an hour or so."

    Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie between Leicester and Southampton at King Power Stadium was postponed after Saturday's crash, and has been rearranged for 27 November.

    All Premier League games this weekend will be preceded by a minute's silence, and players will wear black armbands.

    Leicester announced on Friday that supporters travelling to Cardiff will be offered a free breakfast at King Power Stadium before leaving to travel to South Wales.

    Fans will also be given a free t-shirt once they arrive at Cardiff City stadium, honouring the chairman.

    Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral will begin in his native Thailand on Saturday and could last a week. Puel said players would be given the opportunity to attend.

    "It's been one of the hardest weeks for myself and the lads," said Vardy. "The players want to be there [at the funeral] after everything the owner has shown in the players and the club. It is an extended family, so family members should be there."

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    Conjestina — Time to rethink mental health care in Kenya
    Posted on: 2018-11-02 16:44:28

    Conjestina Achieng’s name was once on everyone’s lips for the right reasons. Kenyans would cheer her on as she landed heavy punches on her opponents - she looked destined for greatness.

    Numerous television interviews followed and Conje, as she was popularly known, was becoming a proper superstar.

    However, in 2009, word went round that she had a mental condition and her fans struggled to come to terms with this.

    The bold, powerful and vocal Conje sick? No not her.

    Members of the press flocked her home in Nairobi’s Lucky Summer Estate and although the boxer maintained that all was well, something was not quite right.

    In 2011, her late dad Clement Adalo appealed to Kenyans to help him take his daughter to hospital after her condition deteriorated.


    Conjestina Achieng'

    He stated that the boxer had removed her son from school and had burnt all her boxing gear.

    Conje had also disposed all the equipment in her gymnasium and was struggling to pay her bills.

    She was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder/paranoid schizophrenia and admitted at Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital in September 2012, before being released from the facility in October 2014.

    It was at this point that she relocated to her rural home in Siaya County since the city life had become too costly.

    Her mum Gertrude Auma revealed that they had sold a lot of property to finance Conje’s treatment and her husband Clement was deeply saddened by his daughter’s condition prior to his death.

    Villagers stated that the once famous boxer engaged in heavy drinking and often exhibited violent behavior as her situation worsened.

    Several leaders had pledged to help her but you can’t help but ask, did it have to get to this?

    Most sports personalities in Kenya end up living miserable lives and whenever the government steps in, it is often too late.

    You might argue that they (the sports personalities) ought to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ but Conje’s situation could have been handled better don’t you think?

    Assuming help would have come early, perhaps we would be having a different conversation altogether.

    In some sections of Kenya, people attribute mental illness to evil spirits and believe that those who develop such are under some sort of spell.

    The situation is so serious such that patients face stigma and their families shy away from seeking medical help.

    It is high time we changed our perceptions towards mental illness and accept it as a disease that can be treated when diagnosed early.


    Conje had also disposed all the equipment in her gymnasium and was struggling to pay her bills

    Her mum Gertrude Auma revealed that they had sold a lot of property to finance Conje’s treatment


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    Kanye West Made A Devastating Confession To His Fans And The Internet Refuses To Forgive Him
    Posted on: 2018-10-31 21:00:58

    Ladies and gentleman, Chicago’s man of hip-hop contempt Kanye West may finally be seeing the light.

    The rapper-producer announced to Twitter a sudden epiphany on Tuesday (October 30) following his turbulent 2018, tarnished with his Donald Trump political and personal alignment, his collaboration with Trump-supporting, Black conservatist Candace Owens, and his disgraceful commentary on slavery. The “Violent Crimes” rapper said in five tweets that he would now be disconnecting from the political sphere and honing on his first love: creativity. “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” Ye wrote in the tweets. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!”

    The realization comes over a year after his initial Trump cosign (which his rap cohorts have continually broke away from him for), but just days after teaming with Owens for an anti-Democratic T-shirt design dubbed “Blexit” (standing for “Black Exit”). He now claims he wanted absolutely nothing to do with “Blexit” from the very beginning among other political that now butt heads with Trump.

    Unfortunately, however, the epiphany is arriving just too little too late for most, and they’re ripping up the new leaf Kanye just turned over. 

    Read his change of hearts and the internet's response to it all below.



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    FIFA slams life ban on Ghana’s former FA president, Nyantakyi
    Posted on: 2018-10-31 00:27:56

    Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was handed a life ban from all football-related activities by FIFA on Tuesday following various violations of the governing body’s ethics code, including bribery and corruption.

    Nyantakyi, a former member of FIFA’s General Council, was found guilty after being filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league.

    He was also fined 500,000 Swiss Francs ($498,000).

    “The adjudicatory chamber found Mr. Nyantakyi guilty of having violated Article 19 (Conflicts of interest), Article 21 (Bribery and corruption) and Article 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said in a statement.

    “As a consequence, Mr. Nyantakyi is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.

    “Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on Mr. Nyantakyi.”

    Nyantakyi resigned in June after a recording by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas appeared to show him demanding kickbacks to pass on to top government officials, including the presidency.

    He was also a former vice-president of the Confederation of African Football.

    Nyantakyi later apologised to Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo and the government for what he called his “indiscretion”.

    He denied any wrongdoing regarding match fixing.

    The scandal, along with undercover footage that showed numerous match officials receiving bribes, forced the suspension of the Ghana Premier League in June, which has still not resumed.

    Former Ghana Football Association board member Kofi Amoah was placed in charge of a four-member normalisation committee in September tasked with steering the affairs of football in the country for the next six months.

    Nyantakyi and the Ghana FA could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday. $1 = 1.0048 Swiss francs