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Former Sports Minister Echesa arrested over Arms Deal

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Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has been arrested for allegedly defrauding international investors through a multi-billion arms shilling fake tender.

Echesa together with three others; Daniel Otieno Omondi, Kennedy Oyoo and Clifford Okoth, are accused of faking a Ksh.39 billion tender for the supply of military equipment in the name of the Office of the Deputy President.

Echesa and the trio had already received Ksh.11.5 million as down payment in the con-scheme.

Echesa and his co-accused spent the better part of Thursday, February 13, 2020 were subjected to grilling at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi.

The four were moved to the Muthaiga Police Station shortly after 7pm.

The CID officerss are also probing whether the four colluded with other government officers in the plot and whether they forged one of the Cabinet Secretaries’s Monica Juma’s signatures contained in the tender documents.

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South African Artiste Nasty C Signs with Def Jam Recordings Inbox x Kenneth Nato Attachments

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(March 26, 2020 – East Africa),  Nasty C (Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo), the most-streamed South African artist on Apple Music for four years in a row, has signed an exclusive contract with Def Jam Recordings through a joint venture with Universal Music Africa.
Nasty C made his official U.S. debut with “There They Go,” his brand new single premier­ed on Thursday, March 26th with Ebro on Apple Music Beats1.
There They Go,” with producer Cxdy at the controls, is the first advance track from ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER, Nasty C’s forthcoming album.
The video for “There They Go” was shot on location in Nasty C’s hometown of Durban, South Africa.  Director Andrew Sandler (who has worked with Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and others) has focused a new lens on the region, where Nasty C’s most recent (second) multi-platinum album Strings And Bling was first for three consecutive weeks.
“Nasty C is a unique and forward-thinking artist who is at the forefront of a new generation of rappers emerging from Africa,” said Jeff Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings.  “Def Jam is a globally recognized brand synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we are excited to welcome Nasty C – an international star with real vision and talent – into the family.”
With over 120 million streams, Strings And Bling was far and away the most streamed South African and African album on the Apple Music streaming platform in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The album spawned three multi-platinum singles: “King,” “Jungle,” and the radio smash, “SMA,” as well as the platinum title track, “Strings And Bling.”  A further 14 songs off Strings And Bling were certified gold.
“It’s powerful to be a part of the Def Jam family,” said Nasty C. “It’s an iconic record label and has made the careers of many of the artists I look up to.”
 An unstoppable force of nature, 23-year old youth phenom Nasty C’s profile earned him a berth on the Forbes “Africa Under 30” list, and the prestigious Musician Of the Year accolade from GQ magazine.
Nasty C boasts brand endorsement affiliations with top-shelf companies Puma, Red Bull, and Mercedes.
Nasty C has always sought to make the globe even smaller through his music. He has toured Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.  He has brought his own live performance headline package, the Ivyson Tour, to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia and more.

The most recent six-city Ivyson Tour last year was a sold-out smash with over 16,000 attendees in each of the four cities in which it was held (Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia).

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Rwanda Corona Cases Hit 36 with 3 Imported from Kenya

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Three of the new cases recorded in Rwanda are travellers from Kenya, the Rwanda Health ministry has said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry noted that Rwanda has recorded 36 cases since the outbreak.

They recorded 17 new cases today.

Out of this, nine came from Dubai, three from Kenya, two from United States, One from Qatar, one from India and one was confirmed through contact tracing.

“All of them were put in isolation between March 17 and 20. They are in stable conditions and their contacts are being traced,” the ministry said.

Rwanda confirmed its first case on March 14, an Indian who arrived in the country from Mumbai on March 8.

Kenya has so far confirmed 16 coronavirus cases.

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Tribunal Repeats Cancelation of FKF Polls

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The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) has for the second consecutive time called off Football Kenya Federation (FKF) national elections scheduled for March 27th.

The tribunal went further by recommending for the world governing body Fifa to form a Normalisation Committee which will oversee fresh polls.

The SDT chairman made a ruling in a case the federation had sought for the tribunal to compel the Sports Registrar to process their registration upon the completion of the national elections without subjecting them to conditions which FKF termed as retrogressive and unrealistic.

The ruling declared the upcoming elections and the process towards the polls as unlawful for non-compliance with Article 38 and 81 of the Constitution of Kenya.

“A declaration that the eligibility criteria at Section 4 of the 2020 Electoral Code are unreasonable and designed to lock out potential aspirants and is therefore a gross violation of the principles of free and fair elections,” ruled Ohaga.

However, the chairman ruled that FKF complied with orders of the Sports Disputes Tribunal in cases number 6, 9 and 19 of 2015.

Ohaga declared that the public participation on the 2020 FKF Electoral Code met the constitutional threshold.

“I declare that the Appeals Board proposed by in the FKF Electoral Code meets the treshhold of independence and impartiality contemplated in Article 47 and 81 of the Constitution of Kenya, Fifa Statutes, the FKF Constitution and Fifa standard electoral code,” read Ohaga.

The tribunal declared that the notice convening the Special General Meeting (SGM) of 28th, January, 2020, was compliant with FKF constitution 2017 and the meeting was accordingly properly convened and constituted.

In the ruling, Ohaga ruled the bodies established under the Electoral Code such as the Electoral Board and Appeals Board remain validly in place and await the appointment of a Normalisation Committee before they can resume their work.

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