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According to the report, Kenyan authorities suspect Mohammed Saeid Golabi worked for Iranian intelligence, and has been gathering information against both private and state-owned establishments, with the aim of planning attacks. 

The reports states that Golabi has collaborated with a team of Kenyans, said to be linked to terrorist organizations. The report did not give their names or affiliation. 

“We have profiled him and his contacts over time. We have enough reason to believe that he has been working with those terror groups,” a senior official from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit told the Star. 

The Star described Golabi as a frequent visitor to Kenya and neighboring countries, but did not specify whether he was currently in the country or if he had been taken into custody. 

 There was no immediate comment from the Iranian government. In February, Israeli media reported a foiled Iranian attack against an Israeli embassy in East Africa. 

Intelligence officials said the attempted attack was planned by Iranian agents with dual European citizenship, whose task was to gather intelligence on Israeli sites as part of Tehran’s attempt to avenge the killings of Qasem Soleimani – killed in an American drone strike last year – and Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whose assassination, also last year, was attributed to Israel. Haaretz

  • Undated image of Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru during a meeting in Karen, Nairobi
  • Sunday, November 28: A shouting march ensued between Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru supporters and followers of Woman Representative Purity Ngirici ahead of Deputy President William Ruto's visit to the county.

    In a video seen by, supporters marched and chanted as they proceeded towards All Saints Church in Kianyaga.

    In a bid to calm the situation, police officers had been deployed to the scene, however the crowd continued with their chants.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru has accused the police of using intimidation tactics against her and her team ahead of Deputy President William Ruto's visit to the county.

    Taking to her social media on Sunday, November 28, Waiguru noted that her team had been summoned by police for interrogation.  

    "The DCIO Kianyaga is now summoning my team threatening to arrest them before DP William Ruto's visit to Kirinyaga. Please stop intimidating my team using security forces," she stated. 

    Waiguru had popularised Ruto's visit to the county urging her followers to come out in droves to rally behind the hustler movement. The DP will be attending a church service at the ACK Kianyaga after which he will hold rallies in Kirinyaga, Kutus and Kerugoya towns. 

    Waiguru has in the past alleged malice from authorities after she joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) outfit- affiliated to Ruto.

    In October 29, 2021, reports had circulated online that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) officers had raided Waiguru's home.

    "Surely, barely 48hours after we decamped to UDA and now this? As a believer in the rule of law this is unfortunate."

    "It’s intention is to dissuade those contemplating the same and an attempt at engineering succession politics. It won't work. Kenyans are not stupid. There is God in heaven," Waiguru stated at the time of defecting to UDA. 

    However, EACC through its spokesperson, Yasin Amaro, dismissed the reports saying that there were no plans by the anti-graft body to raid the governor's house. 

    He, however, reiterated that the the investigative body had a conclusive report on the governor and other county officials on graft related matters.

    Meanwhile, a showdown is looming between Waiguru and her fiercest rival, Kirinyaga woman representative, Purity Ngirici, ahead of Ruto's visit as both eye the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat on a UDA ticket. Since Waiguru's defection to the party, Ngirici disclosed that her relationship with the DP had hit rock bottom.

    “I’m, however, confident that my supporters will follow me, regardless of the pedestal I will be standing on. Politics is akin to the game of chess; you must study it well as your next decision would determine whether you win or lose. I have now retreated to carefully study my options before I make my next political move," she stated.

    From left to right: Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici.
    From left to right: Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici. CANVA
  • Veteran journalist Gatonye Gathura whose body was found in a morgue on Thursday, November 25. THE STANDARD 


    Detectives have disclosed that veteran journalist Gatonye Gathura was in possession of land files and intended to write an expose before his death.

    Preliminary investigations conducted by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) indicate that the expose would have shed light on a land dispute in the Ewaso Kedong area, a border between Narok and Nakuru Counties.

    Sleuths are now probing the matter to establish whether the expose is directly connected to his death and whether some individuals were out to silence him.

    An undated photo of police officers and detectives at a crime scene in Kenya -FILE

    The journalist's body was found at the Naivasha Sub County Referral Hospital mortuary, a month after he went missing. This is after the Registrar of Persons took finger prints of the decomposed body.

    A copper wire was found on his neck, an indication that he had been tortured before he met his death. “We are treating his death as murder. We suspect he was killed elsewhere and the body dumped in Naivasha,” Naivasha Sub County Police Commander, Samuel Waweru, stated.

    According to his nephew, George Gatonye, the entire family was not aware that the seasoned journalist was missing for close to a month.

    His nephew stated that the journalist was a secretive man and never opened up on what he was going through, making it difficult for the family to keep tabs with him.

    The family had not received any threats or even any lead indicating Gatonye's life was at risk.

    "He had not expressed fear for his life, it was clear my uncle was strangled by unknown assailants."

    The scribe previously worked for the Nation and Standard newspapers. 

    He, however, left the two media houses and started his own health blog by the name Health and Science blog called Rocket Science.

  • An undated image of vehicles parked outside a police station

    An undated image of vehicles parked outside a police station FACEBOOK

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader Raila Ondinga and his wife Ida were Friday installed as elder and Kikuyu traditional woman respectively in a ceremony at historic Kabiruini show grounds in Nyeri county.

In what was dubbed as a mountain meeting the lake event, Raila was made an official Kikuyu elder by Kikuyu Council of Elders Chairperson Wachira Kiago.

Raila was presented with the official regalia that include clothes and a flywhisk signaling his acceptance as an elder.

“From today you are allowed to be part of us. You can come to our functions and we will recognise you as one of our own,” said Kiago .

Kiago directed senior politicians including Maina Kamanda (Nominated MP, Nairobi) to negotiate with Ondinga and ensure community interests are taken care off.

Similarly, the council’s women leader under the leadership of Agnes Kagure performed acceptance rites for Ida.

Ida was also renamed and will be henceforth be known as “Nyawira” and given Kikuyu regalia as women cheered on.

She will also be allowed in the league of women who can represent the community. 

After the two ceremonies, both Kikuyu and Luo (Raila’s community) elders conducted another ceremony to single unity among the two ethnic groups.

Food from both sides was shared signalling unity among the two communities.

Leaders present expressed hope that the unity of the two tribes who often been antagonistic in the national political arena will bring peace.

The ceremonies marked the commencement of Raila’s two-day visit in Nyeri where he was expected to meet professionals from the county and hold a series of rallies in the area.

During the ceremony Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga raised a storm after he told Raila on the face “to stop lecturing residents” and instead tell them their stake in his government.

“We as county residents are not interested in history, tell us what is our stake so that we can consider your candidacy,” said Kahiga.

Kahiga’s remarks made in reference to Raila’s efforts to popularise his presidential bid ahead of the 2022 presidential elections were dismissed by a section of leaders who attended the meeting. Those who rubbished Kahiga’s remarks said history is equally important. By Josphat Mwangi, Capital News

In making an executive order returning teenage mothers to school this week, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has undone an injustice that had cut short the prospects for thousands of schoolgoing girls when, in 2017, her predecessor John Magufuli decreed that pregnant schoolgirls and teen mothers be ostracised from the school system.

Even in a generally pliant society like Tanzania, the move then by now deceased president attracted considerable domestic and international acrimony. While as Vice-President Samia was part and parcel of the Magufuli administration, in reversing that atrocious policy barely eight months into her tenure has made her regain the moral high ground.

As a woman, she was as much hostage to the policy of her predecessor as its more direct victims and the other members of the Executive that were bound by collective responsibility. The time it has taken to arrive at the decision also reflects the internal horse-trading between conservative elements and progressives in Tanzania’s delicate power balance.

By all measures, giving hope to likely victims of sexual violence is a positive move that rekindles their dreams and vastly expands their options in life. It also reverses a gross injustice in which the other party to the act — the boys or men — without whom procreation would have not been possible, walked scot-free.

Locking Tanzania’s victims of teenage pregnancy out of school was a double blow. It is bad enough for an adolescent to take on the responsibilities of parenthood. It is worse when any opportunities for a second chance and redress are snuffed out by public policy.

Coming against the backdrop of the United Nation’s 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that started on November 25, the timing of Samia’s decision couldn’t have been more poignant for the victims. Every year, millions of girls and women around the world fall victim to gender-based violence. Such violence should not manifest in the form of government policy, as happened in Tanzania four years ago. 

Outside the controlled environment of school, a girl becomes more vulnerable to all manner of threats, including unwanted pregnancy. The near universal experience of the Covid-19 lockdowns, during which several countries reported a spike in teen pregnancy, speaks volumes about the consequences of a policy that deliberately locks girls out of school for one reason or another. The sanitised environment of schools is good for girls because it shelters them from the common pitfalls that litter their path to adulthood.

Educating girls and women also has multiple benefits. Women who have had the benefit of an education raise healthier and more viable families. Keeping them in school also has implications for population growth and economic development, since many will postpone childbearing. Educated and working women also help reduce the dependence burden and support the formation and expansion of the middle class.

A lot more still needs to be done for the youth in Tanzania and Africa in general, but returning the girl-victims to class is a positive first step. There are simply far too many children in Africa who never achieve their full potential because of disruptions to social security.

Every child has a dream to be someone in adult life. Public policy should focus on creating the necessary safety nets that enable them to grow into the adults of their aspirations. The East African

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