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Popular Blogger arrested over Extortion

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Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi on Monday, January 20th was arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on allegations of extorting Sh 1 million from an unnamed victim.

Nyakundi was arrested alongside an individual DCI identified as Emanuel Nyamweya Ong’era demanding for Sh17.5 million promising to pull down libelous content published on online platforms they manage.

In a tweet by the DCI said” Detectives based at Gigiri have today afternoon arrested two suspects namely Cyprian Andama Nyakundi and Emmanuel Nyamweya Ong’era after successful investigations touching on extortion, blackmail and false accusations.”

The tweet alleged that the two had just received Ksh. 1 Million from one of their victims being a down payment of Ksh 17.5 million they had earlier demanded as a precondition for pulling down libellous posts appearing on a website they allegedly own.

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Parliament Summons Magoha, Mutyambai over Teachers’ Security

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Parliament has summoned Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha, Police Inspector General (IG) Hillary Mutyambai and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia.

The trio have been directed by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to appear next week before the Education Committee on Tuesday, February 25th over the ongoing teachers’ crisis in North Eastern.

Muturi further directed that Magoha, Mutyambai and Macharia appear in person before the Parliamentary committee.

The Speaker issued the directive after Wajir West MP Mohammed Ahmed Kolosh questioned the Parliament why the TSC has been transferring teachers from the North Eastern Region.

Kolosh wanted to know whether TSC made the transfers in consultations with the police department before making the transfers which have impacted negatively affected learning in the region.

“I therefore hereby direct that the Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha, the Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai and TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia appear before the Education Committee latest Tuesday next week to tackle this serious matther,” said Muturi, adding that “they must appear in person.”

The Speaker wondered how one government department claims there is security in the country and another is transferring their officers due to insecurity.

The Parliamentary Education Committee pledged to ensure that invites are sent immediately so that the said officers appear and provide answers to the relevant questions on the matter.

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Safari Tour Prize Money Tripled

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020: The Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) has tripled the total prize money, from KShs 1 million to KShs 3 million, for the last leg of the 2019/2020 Safari Golf Tour Series which will be played at the Karen Country Club from the 22nd to the 26th of February this year.

The increase in prize money will mean that the professional golfer winner of the event will bank KShs 450,000; up from the KShs 150,000 which is currently up for grabs.
Commenting on the prize fund boost, KOGL Tournament Director, Patrick Obath, said the move will give players greater motivation to compete for the final qualification slots for the forthcoming Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa Golf Championship which will be played next month.

“We expect the level of competition to go up a notch higher with the prize fund increase and look forward to a grand finish to the tournament at the Karen. Our desire is to see many low scores at this event as we near this year’s Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa Golf Championship,” he said.

He added:“The Safari Tour has, this season, witnessed enhanced competition and performance; pointing to a gradual growth and development in the players’ game and giving all of us great encouragement for our local players’ prospects at this year’s Kenya Open. Our hope is that the players will use the opportunity at Karen to prepare for the Kenya Open which will be played at the same venue and following the same format.”

Commenting on the same, the Professional Golfers of Kenya Captain, C.J. Wangai, said:

“Being the final tournament for this season’s Tour, the increase in prize money is a welcome move. Most professional golfers in Kenya have been looking forward to this as the prize fund is what boosts the morale of the players. I expect that we will see a bigger number of professional players from other countries coming down this Saturday because of the prize money.”

The increase in prize money will also see an increase points with the winner of the tournament getting 75 points up from the current 50.

This means that for the players who are in marginal positions not only stand a chance of making good money from the outing, but also stand a substantial boost of qualifying for the Magical Kenya Open.

This season’s Tour has seen the tournament expand into Uganda; adding to it four events to bring to 11 the total number of tourneys during this calendar.

So far, there have been seven different winners with Muthaiga’s Greg Snow, who is sponsored by Johnnie Walker, having bagged four trophies while Mumias-based Dismas Indiza (also sponsored by Johnnie-Walker) having claimed two trophies.

Anthony Juma (popularly known as Tony Omuli), Jastas Madoya, Madalitso Muthiya and Andrew Odoh complete the list of this season’s winners with one leg to play.

The list of the top eight Kenyan golfers who will have qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa Golf Championship through the 2019/2020 Safari Golf Tour Series will be announced at the end of the tournament.

Currently, Dismas Indiza, who tops the Road to Kenya Open ranking with 395.1 points, Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige (381.9 points), Greg Snow (376.5 points) and Royal Nairobi’s Erick Ooko (317.3 points) are the only Kenyans to secure slots to play at next month’s Kenya Open with the other four slots yet to be confirmed.

Two regional players, who have been playing at this season’s Safari Golf Tour, will qualify to play at the Kenya Open. Currently, Robson Chinhoi from Zimbabwe and Andrew Odoh from Nigeria occupy those slots.

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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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