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White House condemns Syrian government for recent bombings

Posted by African Press International on December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday condemned recent missile and barrel bomb attacks on civilians by the Syrian government and said Damascus must respect its commitment to allow unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid. READ MORE…


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Kenya: Senator Sonko (right) negotiate with Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Nzili, who is unaware he is being taped

Posted by African Press International on July 23, 2013 Senator Sonko and KNUT Secretary General Nzili negotiating Senator Sonko and KNUT Secretary General Nzili negotiating

Senator Sonko negotiating with the Kenya National Union of Teachers Acting Secretary General Mr Nzili, who seems scared to be sent to civil jail because of encouraging the Teachers strike to continue.

On this secretly taped video, he want assurance from Senator Sonko on whether he will not be sentenced by the court for having disobeyed court orders. He does not know that he is being filmed.

Is he really thinking of the Teachers or himself, when we hear he is more concerned of having assurance that he should be safe?

The court yesterday Monday fined him Ksh 500000,- and his Chairman Sossion Ksh 500000,-. The Union of Teachers that the two lead has been fined heavily – they must pay Ksh 5 Million for disobeying court order to call off the strike.

On the weekend, after the secret taped conversation with the senator, the two called off the strike, and come monday, they were fined heavily and in default they will be jailed for one month. They paid the fine after spending time in the cells in handcuffs.


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Harstad: The Arts Festival of North Norway is spectacular

Posted by African Press International on June 25, 2013

The members of the public got what they expected when they rolled in to the concert hall in Harstad city center. They were not disappointed by Kari Bremnes and Ketil Bjørnstad, who wholeheartedly delivered good music performance.

Their concert “Separation” – in Norwegian “Løsrivelse” had a full house when the two performed Monday. It has scored high in popularity at the Festival so far.

This is one of three performances at the Arts Festival of North Norway marking the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

Those who attended the concert were privileged to experience a band that worked at its very best offering excellent rhythms. A number of the songs, such as Scream left room for thunderous guitar solos that could easily lift the roof off the building.

The concert’s intense performance and technicality at its best – very good artistic moves to say the least, will be remembered by those in attendance!



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Kenya: Brothels of Kisumu breeds prostitution

Posted by African Press International on May 15, 2013

It is ten in the morning. Along a street down town Kisumu, a few cars zoom past.
Apart from the Mpesa shops dotting the place, not much activity is going on along the lonely street near Kamas area.
Being a Monday morning, the street could be deserted probably because most people are at their places of work.
But curiously, a rowdy group of young and skimpily dressed ladies emerge from an old and desolate building adjacent to the street. This gang immediately grabs my attention.
They appear drunk. Very drunk and one of them is shouting and gesturing wildly. She is on top of her voice.
Apparently, two of them have disagreed. From their heated argument, it’s clear the dispute is about a man.
It turns out these women are prostitutes fighting over a male client. The man, I learn has vanished, may be out of fear of a possible backlash.
If you thought sex peddlers are only found in Mombasa – going by the recent sex scandal story doing the rounds in the media, then you are wrong.
Dear reader, welcome to the world of brothels of Kisumu.
Just by the roadside and a few meters away from the two ladies, there is a bar. Here, all manner of alcohol is served.
I am told, as early as 7am, one can partake of the drinks although the place is not even a restaurant.
The pub is already full as I make my way in to piece together my story .Customers here are of diverse ages; after all what matters most in this place is money and not age.
The music playing inside the pub is so loud you can’t hear yourself speak. Never mind there is a law that prohibits selling of beer to patrons this early in the day.
Mututho law which expected people to engage in nation building at this particular hour does not apply here.
Inside the noisy bar one cannot escape noticing the swelling number of these skimpily dressed women.
Almost every male customer here is sharing a table with at least one of them.
At the face of it, what goes on here appears so harmless but soon, things begin looking a little strange as the new-found ‘’ love birds’’ begin to walk in and out of the pub in turns.
Believe me; you haven’t seen anything yet out there. Behind the bar, there are over 30 rooms that can each accommodate at least a bed.
Strangely, they all have their windows wide open and as one makes his way to the washroom meant for the bar patrons, you are able to see clearly through the windows what happens inside the rooms.
Here, in a broad daylight sex trade is thriving. The women parading their naked bodies outside these rooms located in the dingy corridors of the down town building are not afraid of anyone or anything.
One cannot help but wonder whether this trade has been legalized by the authorities in this lake side city.
So daring they are that approaching any man they see within the vicinity for sex isn’t a bid deal.
I gather from one of the waiters in the pub that each day, all the women operating from this brothel hire a room at sh 600 which they must pay for by midnight.
According to the waiter who requests to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal , sometimes the hookers agree to split the bill and use the room in turns , each time they get a client for what they call here ‘’short time’’
She tells me that the place is so famous it attracts both men and ladies from far and wide. Some of the ladies servicing men here, she says are from the neighboring countries.
And if you thought there could be shortages, then think otherwise for she adds “as some goes away, new faces keeps trooping in each day”.
May be as a sign of improved business the owner of the bar has just thought it wise to give the building a face lift. The paint is still very fresh.
I try to find out who owns the bar and the brothel but no one, including the waiters and the bar man would dare talk to me about that subject.
To satisfy my curiosity about the existence of sex trade and more brothels within Kisumu City, I decide to investigate further.
Away from this bar, I take a ride on a motorbike and after about 15 minutes, am dropped next to the Kisumu main bus terminus, at a place popularly known as beer belt.
The place is abuzz with activities. Most of the traders here sell their wares in kiosks. Most of them are selling khat and cigarettes. Eateries also dot the place which remains noisy and chaotic.
Several Boda boda operators can be seen waiting for passengers at one side of the road that leads towards the united mall as you leave the Bus Park.
Everything appears normal at least from the open air market. But one thing still stands out- the unusual high number of lodging and boarding houses surrounding the vicinity.
The lodgings, most of which are cheap and dirty offer a perfect hideout for these hookers and their clients.
Unlike the first place I visited earlier, here the ladies are not so young and trendy. They appear low-class judging from how they dress.
Most of them can be seen milling around the bars and the lucky ones leads their catch away into the ‘’service’’ rooms.
After about 20 minutes or so, they emerge from the rooms and the trend repeat itself again and again.
But it is while under the cover of darkness that this operation is moved a notch higher in this part of the city, as I discovered.
Dressed in clothes that are more revealing than to cover their bodies, you spot many of them standing in strategic places behind the lodgings or parked vehicles, mostly Lorries whose drivers are also probably here to hunt.
Tucked safely behind these hide outs, the ladies can be heard giving catcalls to men passing by, even dropping in the ears of the strangers how much it would cost to sleep with them.
Occasionally they disappear into the brothels to escape being noticed by the police on patrol or simply slip into a bar to avoid being arrested by the cops.
This is the same story in Kondle area which is more vibrant at night given the high number of bars there some of which even have live band playing throughout the night.
While most of these ladies operate from brothels, majority hop from pub to pub seeking clients.
Along the Kisumu-Busia road, more brothels are to be found at Otonglo. Here the truck drivers are the main clients. It is not unusual to see several trucks parked there
Back to the CBD, along the Oginga Street and just before the central Square, twilight girls here lay in wait. This group of mostly young and trendy prostitutes targets the high-end clients, mostly with cars.
Usually they can be spotted pacing up and down the pavement and once in a while stepping on the road as cars approach to grab the attention of the motorists.
Along the same street also exists a brothel where those who are lucky to get a client can take them. In fact most of the twilight girls operating along this street reside at the brothel.
Kisumu, like the other urban centers all over the world has been bitten by the bug which is prostitution, a trade as old as man itself.


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Anthony Chinedu of Nigerian origin arrested in Nairobi accused of drug trafficking

Posted by African Press International on April 14, 2013

The Kenya Police arrested Nigerian Anthony Chinedu on Saturday after he was found in possession of substances suspected to be narcotics.

Anti Narcotic Unit (ANU) boss Dr Hamsi Massa said that the substances the police found in Mr Chinedu’s house in Kileleshwa will be tested on Monday in Nairobi in order to establish the type.

This is the Nigerian man, Mr Chinedu who was in the past accused of being a drug trafficker but the Immigration Department were unsuccessful in getting him deported since they had no proof.

He was in the limelight in 2009 in a property row with Joyce Akinyi, who was his wife at the time over control of Deep West Restaurant in Nairobi. He won the dispute and acquired court orders that barred Akinyi from running the restaurant with him.




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Kenya: Chaos slowly uprooting peace in Kisumu

Posted by African Press International on November 4, 2012

  • By  Dickens Wasonga,
Relative calm has  returned to Kisumu City after days of  violent riots by angry protesters who trooped to the streets demonstrating against  the killing of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party  chairman Shem Onyango Kwega by armed assailants  on Monday.
But even as uneasy calm  was restored, Raila Odinga‘s ODM party which still enjoys  huge following in the country  was calling on the government  to conclusively investigate the motive of the killings and immediately bring to book those who are suspected to have gunned down Kwega, who was a prominent businessman and an influential Nyanza politician.
The party’s Secretary General Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyongo‘ while addressing a press conference in Nairobi after the Monday incident  described the slain politician as a hard-working official whose invaluable contributions as the ODM chairman for  Kisumu Town West constituency  will be greatly missed.
The Monday morning shooting  sparked off violent  protests throughout the town paralyzing business and transport activities as his supporters and angry residents stormed Kisumu Central police division demanding immediate transfer of police chiefs in the City accusing them of laxity.
However  the two-day protests ended tragically with three people amongst them two women being  burnt to death. The deceased persons reportedly sheltered at the shop   to escape the wrath of anti riot policemen  who descended on the demonstrators with batons and lobbying teargas canisters to quell the violent riots.
The fire at the shop which left the three dead was said to have been started by the police teargas but the authorities were quick to dismiss this assertion claiming it could have been as a result of an electrical fault.
Several people believed to have been shot by the police during the riots were said to be  receiving treatment  in various hospitals within the town where they were admitted.
The slain  politician and his wife Rose Onyango were accosted by two-gun men in their youths who blocked their  car  just moments after a breakfast meeting at a Kisumu hotel along Nyerere road at around 10 am.
The daring gangsters used a motorbike to lay the ambush but later  took  off in an escape car which they hijacked from a nearby car wash after the attack.
According to the police, Kwega was fatally shot twice on the head from close range and another bullet fired by his attackers pierced through his chest. His wife was also shot in the chest while trying to shield her husband and is currently fighting for her life at Aga khan hospital in Kisumu.
While those protesting the killing termed it an assassination, the police has dismissed the theory claiming it was purely a criminal attack.
Nyanza police boss Joseph Oletito yesterday  dispelled the rumors of a possible assassination attack saying the two gangsters made away with sh 1.2 million from the victims.
He said  the police were pursuing the assailants and promised that  soon they would be arrested . But new wave of attacks and violent crime has left every Kisumu resident worried stiff.
In a span of less than a month, over five people have  reportedly been  killed by armed criminals who appears to have taken over control of the city literally with most people wondering whether the police are overwhelmed.
A security guard was found dead at the Kisumu’s SDA Victory church last week. The police said an estimated sh 200,000 offertory and other church valuables was stolen.
The same day , a pupil was found murdered and a headless  body dumped at one of the estates in the City a few meters away from the church where the guard was killed in cold blood.
Reports of yet another chilling attack was made in the City when  a top HIV and AIDS researcher at  Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) was hacked to death as he tried to gain access to his  Tom Mboya residence.
And Kisumu continued to record deaths occasioned by criminals when a director of a security firm was reportedly waylaid and killed last night near  Uzima University College.
It is shocking that despite the increased attacks by armed criminals, the police who appears to have been caught napping are yet to nab any of the suspects reigning terror on the lives of innocent tax payers of the beautiful lake side City.

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