Mixed reactions to Kenyan actor chance meet with president
Social media users in Kenya have been giving mixed reactions to a footage of actor Pascal Tokodi having a chance meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In the footage shared on social media by the actor, he is seen slowing down his car and passing greetings to President Kenyatta - who was having a stroll near his official residence in the capital, Nairobi.
It shows the president unaccompanied by his security detail.
The actor then "seized the moment" and asked the president to watch a popular television show, Selina, that he co-stars. The president responded to the affirmative.
Some social media commentators are critical of the actor, saying the chance encounter could have been better utilised.
"You meet the PRESIDENT taking a walk and all you want him to do for you is to watch you on Selina Maisha Magic East? Kenyan youths have their priorities upside down and they want the PRESIDENT to appoint them into Government positions yet he knows they can't even pitch in 10secs," Abraham Mutai tweeted.
Others said they saw nothing wrong with the actor promoting his show.
"Pascal tokodi is a lead actor on selina, the show pays his bills, he met the president for less than 10seconds....he asked the president to watch selina and support his hustle, absolutely nothing wrong with that," Chege Githinji wrote.
Kenya bars runners from Tanzania marathon over virus fears
Kenya has denied its athletes clearance to compete at the Kilimanjaro Marathon in Tanzania over concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The IAAF-recognised race will be held early Sunday morning at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.
Kenyan athletes have dominated previous editions of the race.
In a statement, Athletics Kenya urged "all athletes not to travel to Tanzania for the event".
Tanzania has not been sharing data on the coronavirus situation in the country and until recently had been downplaying the pandemic.
The World Health Organization early this week urged Tanzania to start reporting coronavirus cases and share its data.
Tourism Minister Najib Balala defended the decision by saying Ms Campbell had taken up the role pro bono.
The country is famous for its wildlife safaris and beach resorts.
The British model has said on Instagram:
"I am proud to be able to represent such an important country as Kenya.
"It is my hope that I can play a small part in helping remind the world about Kenya and on a bigger level wouldn’t it be wonderful if Kenya could help inspire the world after this terrible pandemic we have all been through."
KWS said officials from the state-owned power distributing company, Kenya Power, would replace the poles.
"Preliminary reports indicate that the height of the electricity poles crossing Soysambu Conservancy are low, below giraffe's height," a statement read in part.
Ms Kahumbu said the deaths could have been prevented if experts' advise was heeded.
"These power lines have been killing giraffes, vultures and flamingos. Advice from experts was ignored. RIAs [Risk Impact Assessments] are notoriously poor on many development projects. Sad that it takes these kinds of deaths to wake some people up!" she tweeted.
Butterfly farming along the Kenyan coast is a source of income and a way of conserving the forest.
‘I was judged for marrying a disabled man’
BBC News Swahili
Kenyan woman who married a disabled Australian man has told the BBC how people
called her a gold-digger after photos of their wedding were shared online.
Njogu Eling said people judged her love for Philip Eling without
knowing that she had always worked with disabled people.
moved to Australia and enrolled for a diploma in working with the disabled
after which she applied for a job at Mr Eling’s workplace.
Eling asked her out by email after the interview and they exchanged
contacts and later went out on their first date.
“Ours is a story of love at first sight.
Nothing about him bothered me, especially because I had related with many
disabled people while studying,” she says.
couple became engaged exactly six months later. The bride’s parents approved of their
gave me their blessings at once. They were completely alright with our
decision, and especially because they knew how passionate I was about helping
the disabled. I was ecstatic,” she said.
The couple married in a red-themed garden wedding in Adelaide and photos were widely shared online, eliciting mixed reactions.
“People said I only did it because I wanted to get money from him, but I sort of expected that reaction from them. I was very relaxed and prepared for it. I got comfort from knowing that our union was ordained by God,” she said.
As they celebrate their third wedding anniversary, Mrs Eling describes their marriage so far as fantastic.
“Phillip takes care of me like any other husband would, and I take care of him too. People always assume that I am the one who takes care of him,” she says.
Mr Eling was born with muscular dystrophy - a disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.
Africa Daily: Why surrogacy is growing in Kenya
BBC Africa Daily
Having children through surrogacy isn’t simple: the whole
process can be expensive and psychologically taxing.
In fact, in most African countries surrogacy is still such a
novel idea, that most of them do not actually have laws in place to deal with
Panic grips Kenya's parliament after MP carries gun
There was a scare on Thursday when a Kenyan member of parliament said colleagues were unsafe during proceedings because one member was armed.
The MP, Elisha Odhiambo, informed the speaker that he had seen what looked like a gun behind the coat of his colleague, Mohamed Ali.
Speaker Justin Muturi asked Mr Ali to confirm if he was carrying a gun.
"My apologies, I forgot to leave my things outside. I am a human being," he said.
Speaker Muturi asked Mr Ali to confirm if he was carrying a gun.
"Mr Speaker, allow me to surrender," Mr Ali said as the parliamentary broadcasting unit panned the camera away.
He was asked to deposit it outside with the sergeant-at-arms as required by law.
The speaker urged the sergeant to be vigilant and enforce the rules branding it a "terrible oversight".
Mr Ali lashed out at his colleague for publicising the matter and said it was politically motivated, as both support different parties.
Another MP Millie Odhiambo said the country was politically volatile and urged more security measures enforced.
Kenyan legislators have been divided by ongoing calls for proposed constitutional amendments. The president and his deputy are on different sides in the referendum push.
Somalia rejects further Kenya maritime dispute delays
The Somali government has rejected
Kenya's "fourth request" to postpone for the hearing of a maritime case between the two countries at International
Court of Justice (ICJ), the information minister says.
“Justice delayed is justice
denied,” Osman Dubbe tweeted, adding that they should all head to The Hague next month "come what may".
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Virus lockdown at British military base in Kenya
A British military base in Kenya has been been placed under "enhanced isolation" after a "small number of cases" of Covid-19 were discovered among British troops.
The infected soldiers are in isolation units that are spread throughout Nyati Barracks in Nanyuki town, including some in tents, and are undergoing regular checks, a British High Commission spokesperson said in a statement.
The spokesperson said that "all soldiers deploying on exercise had to conduct a period of isolation and test
negative prior to travelling to Kenya".
"High transit areas, including dining facilities are being deep-cleaned and soldiers will be fed on rations in the meantime," the statement said.
Most of the Kenyan staff working at the camp have been told to work from home.
The Nyati Barracks were re-opened last month by UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.