Author: Special Correspondent

Bishop Allan Kiuna, founder of Jubilee Christian Church (JCC), is dead. Kiuna, 58, died on Tuesday at a Nairobi hospital while receiving treatment for myeloma cancer, a type of blood cancer that, while treatable, remains incurable. Jubilee Christian Church, which Kiuna founded, released a press statement late Tuesday announcing his death and requesting privacy for the family during this time of mourning. “It is with heartfelt condolences that today we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Allan Kiuna. Bishop Allan Kiuna…was an extraordinary man who touched the lives of many and had a great passion for ministering not only…

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Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga is facing backlash from youth over his proposal to engage in dialogue addressing issues raised by Gen Z during the recent anti-government protests. On Tuesday, during the signing of the IEBC (Amendment) Bill, 2024, at KICC, President William Ruto announced a six-day national dialogue forum starting on July 15, 2024, a move supported by Odinga. “I am happy to confirm that we have had consultations and have agreed that a dialogue is the way forward out of the crisis that we are facing today in our country.” Odinga said. The Azimio leader’s willingness to…

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Saba Saba Day, which marks an important day in Kenya’s political history, took on a new meaning this year as it transformed into a massive concert at Uhuru Park to honour those killed during the recent anti-finance bill protests. Tight security measures were in place, with gates opening at 9 am. Organisers, led by activist Boniface Mwangi ensured the smooth running of the memorial concert. “The government is listening now because of the protests. So we are kind of happy, but there’s also a lot of sadness because so many people died for the government to listen,” Boniface Mwangi said.…

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Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti has announced plans to lobby the Machakos County assembly to approve and name a street after Rex Kanyike Masai, who died during the finance bill protests in Nairobi. Wavinya who was speaking during Rex’s burial in Kyamuthanga village, in Muvuti location in Machakos on Friday said that Rex was a hero and he should be remembered for his heroic acts since he was shot while fighting for the rights of Kenyans. The Governor hailed Rex’s efforts and courage in protesting against the 2024 finance Bill and compared him to Muindi Mbingu the Akamba freedom fighter who…

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Police in Molo sub-county have recovered stolen property and apprehended 14 individuals implicated in theft and destruction of property of MP Kuria Kimani during the youth led anti-government protests last week. Molo Sub-County Police Commander (SCPC), Timon Odingo, confirmed the incident saying that they have successfully recovered a portion of the stolen property and added that the search is still ongoing until all culprits are brought to book. “Among the items recovered are four cows out of the seven that were reported missing, with one already slaughtered. Additionally, various household items including duvets, tables, chairs, electronics and a printer have…

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Riot police patrolled Nairobi on Tuesday morning as young activists called for more protests following last week’s deadly clashes. Members of the protest movement, which has no official leaders and largely organises via social media, have rejected appeals from President William Ruto for dialogue, even after he abandoned proposed tax hikes. Infuriated by the deaths last week – at least 39 according to the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) – many are now demanding that Ruto step down. “We are determined to push for the president’s resignation,” Ojango Omondi, an activist in Nairobi, said. “We hope for…

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At least four deaths have been confirmed within the Hillo mining areas in Moyale Sub-county of Marsabit county in the past four days as the authorities strive to ward off the illegal mining activity. Moyale Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Benedict Munyoki told KNA that unauthorized miners in their hundreds have flocked the area and they were trying to access the prohibited gold mines. Munyoki added that some managed to sneak to the operation area and started excavating for the precious mineral, leading to four deaths after the mines caved in. The DCC said three people died on the wee hours…

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US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has called President William Ruto to discuss the security situation in Kenya following widespread protests over the Finance Bill, 2024. On Wednesday, June 26, President William Ruto said he had conceded to public demand and would not be signing the Bill into law. “Having reflected on the continuing conversation around the content of the Finance Bill, 2024, I will decline to assent to the Bill,” President Ruto said in a televised address to the country. “I also propose that within 14 days, a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder engagement be held with a view to charting…

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The National Assembly has endorsed the Defence Council’s request to deploy the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) amidst nationwide protests against the Finance Bill. As per the Supplementary Order Paper dated Wednesday, June 26, this deployment aligns with Article 241 of the Constitution, mandating parliamentary approval for KDF deployments. Following the Defence Council’s request on Wednesday, the motion was subsequently presented to Parliament. “THAT, pursuant to Article 241(3)(c) of the Constitution and sections 31(1)(b), 31(1)(c) and 32 of the Kenya Defence Forces Act, Cap. 199, this House accedes to the request of the Defence Council dated 26th June 2024 and, in…

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Former Amukura Central Member of the County Assembly Moses Pius Ouma alias Mose Baaba and three others were today charged in Malaba Court for malicious damage to property during last week’s anti-tax protests. The accused appeared before Malaba Principal Magistrate Ocharo Momanyi where they denied the charge. Mose Baaba, Francis Munyasi, Peter Elungata, and Stephen Edolore Emusala also denied the second charge of causing harm to St Jacob’s Kaliwa Secondary School driver, Evans Okwara. The four were released on a cash-bail of Sh5000 each and were directed to appear in court for the hearing on July 3. They were arrested…

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