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  • President of the republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta    VOANEWS.COM 
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed disappointment and anger at Central Kenya leaders.

    According to his close allies, the President has had a change of heart and allowed the region's electorate to make their own decisions as opposed to his prior stance to rely on their leaders to chat the electorate's future.

    The President's change of heart, according to his allies led by Nyeri Town Member of Parliament, Ngunjiri Wambugu, was informed by the electorates' opposition of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that was aimed at uniting the country and ensuring more resources to the counties.

    Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu addresses members of the public during a consultative Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) meeting at the ACK St. Peters Hall in Nyeri on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
    Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu addresses members of the public during a consultative Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) meeting at the ACK St. Peters Hall in Nyeri on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
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    The Nyeri Town MP, on Sunday, September 26, stated that the President felt betrayed by his own people.

    "He feels betrayed and frustrated by the very people he believes he wanted to assist by preparing a better future for," noted the vocal legislator, who is also a defender of the President.

     

    "We were with the President somewhere and he said that he finds it hard to forgive some people because the route that they took us through led to the fall of BBI."

    The MP said that the Head of State was not happy since his efforts to bring together opposition leaders including Raila Odinga (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Gideon Moi (KANU) through the BBI were badly affected.

    "The President's focus is more on development and building his legacy. Ukienda kumwambia hiyo mambo ya siasa ya mlima, mtakosana (If you go to him with the politics of Mt Kenya, you will not be welcome)," as source close to the President told a local daily.

    This comes even as eleven Members of Parliament from the larger Mt Kenya counties including Embu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Murang'a, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nairobi and Nakuru committed to back Deputy President William Ruto's presidential bid.

    "We have resolved to canvass the agenda of the people we represent on the platform of UDA, a political party we have formed together with other Kenyans from across the nation in a political movement that currently has the support of millions of Kenyans, MCAs, Governors and more than 150 MP's from all corners of the country," the MPs' stated.

    A Section of Leaders From Mount Kenya Who Declared Support For DP Ruto's Presidential Bid at the Aberdares Cottage on Saturday, September 4.
    A Section of Leaders From Mount Kenya Who Declared Support For DP Ruto's Presidential Bid at the Aberdares Cottage on Saturday, September 4.  FACEBOOK Kenyans.co.ke

 

Theoneste Bagosora, the Rwandan military leader dubbed the “Colonel of the Apocalypse”, has died in Mali where he was serving a life sentence for his role in the 1994 genocide that killed more than 800,000 people — mostly Tutsis.

Bagosora’s death, aged 80, was announced by his son in a Facebook post on Saturday that read “R.I.P. Papa”. It was confirmed on Sunday.

“Theoneste Bagosora died in a hospital in Mali yesterday (Saturday) late morning,” said Abubacarr Tambadou, registrar for the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, which oversees prosecution of those responsible for the genocide.

Bagosora was jailed in 2008 for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, though his sentence was reduced to 35 years on appeal in 2011. 

In April 1994, Colonel Bagasora was the most senior official under the minister of defence — and with a reported grudge against the then president Juvenal Habyarimana after being passed over for promotion to general. 

French military intelligence concluded Bagasora was one of the prime sponsors behind the April 6 assassination of both president Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira — both Hutus — as well as the Rwandan army chief of staff.

Their Falcon plane was shot down when preparing to land in the Rwandan capital Kigali, an event many blamed on Tutsi rebels and which triggered the massacres.

“The assassination of moderate opposition ministers and Tutsis less than half an hour after the explosion of the presidential Falcon would confirm the high degree of preparation of this operation,” according to the intelligence memo from September 1994, revealed in 2019.

– Most senior officer –

A few days later, the foreign minister and Hutu moderate was killed by soldiers. Bagasora and Boniface Ngurinzira had clashed constantly during 1993 peace talks in Tanzania. 

Bagasora accused Ngurinzira of making too many concessions to the rebels and, on his return to Rwanda, reportedly said he was heading home “to prepare the Apocalypse” — something he denied in court hearings. 

Bagasora denied any direct role in the genocide, though he was seen as part of a Hutu extremist faction in the country.

With the defence minister also out of the country on a mission, Bagasora was the most senior military official from April 6-9, the first days of the genocide — when extremists rounded on the Tutsi majority, Hutu moderates and those from mixed lineages in an orgy of bloodletting that shocked the world. 

The appeal court in 2011 found that while there was no evidence he ordered the massacres, Bagasora knew they were planned and did nothing to stop them, even though he was in a position to do so.

Bagosora was serving his sentence in Koulikoro prison in Mali, but had been transferred to a clinic in the capital Bamako, an official in the Malian prison administration told AFP. 

An official at the institution where he was admitted said he died of “heart failure”, without giving further details.

Bagosora had in April been refused an application for early release because of the “extremely high gravity (of his) crimes”. - AFP/Digital Journal

Former Rwandan army colonel Theoneste Bagosora in Arusha on December 18, 2008. [Reuters]

A former Rwandan army colonel who was accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 people during the 1994 genocide has died in prison in Mali, Malian officials said on Saturday.

Theoneste Bagosora was serving a 35-year sentence after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by the then International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). His sentence had been reduced from life in prison. 

“It is confirmed. He was over 80 years old, he was seriously ill, with heart troubles. He was hospitalised several times and had three surgeries. He died today in a clinic,” a source in Mali’s prison administration who sought anonymity told Reuters.

A second source at Bamako’s Court of Appeal confirmed the death.

 

Prosecutors accused Bagosora, then cabinet director in the defence ministry, of taking control of military and political affairs in the central African country after President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down in 1994.

The Tanzania-based tribunal accused Bagosora of being in charge of the troops and Interahamwe Hutu militia who killed some 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days.

Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, head of United Nations peacekeepers during the genocide, described Bagosora as the “kingpin” behind the killings and said the former colonel had threatened to kill him. Standard/Reuters

  • A Boeing 737 plane while flying in the sky
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          A Kenyan plane, Boeing 787-8, destined for Amsterdam, Netherlands experienced a malfunction on Monday, September 20, while flying over Germany.
  • The mishap resulted in Germany releasing two fighter jets to investigate the incident. 

    Reports indicated that an abnormal sound made by the plane stirred local authorities in Frankfurt. 

    This prompted the German Airforce to dispatch the two jets to intervene and find out the cause of the sound. 

    An aeroplane mid-air
    An aeroplane mid-air

    The Aviation Herald, which keeps track of aviation mishaps, indicated that the Dreamliner had lost communication with Air Traffic Control (ATC) - hours after leaving Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). 

    This was affirmed by a statement released on Saturday, September 25, which affirmed that the plane temporarily lost its connection with the ATC but eventually re-established communication and landed on schedule in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  

    "The air traffic control in these jurisdictions are conducting investigations on the incident to determine the cause and take corrective action. 

    "We would like to assure our customers that their safety and our crew is our highest priority," the airline responsible for the plane announced in a statement. 

    The incident was attributed to a number of factors such as poor reception or missed frequency change. 

    "The incident is not uncommon in aviation, as aircraft may occasionally lose contact with ATC for a variety of reasons, power failure when flying in a zone with poor reception or a missed frequency change," read the statement.

    Recently, a plane with 167 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Addis Ababa after taking off from Moi International Airport, Mombasa County.

     

    A plane at a runaway
    A plane at a runaway (COURTESY) fight
     
    Reports indicated that one of the plane's engines began to give false readings, hence leading to the emergency landing. Fortunately, another plane was sent to pick the passengers in Ethiopia and proceeded to their destination in Poland.  By Brian Kimani, Kenyans.co.ke

By FREDDY MACHA 

Man cannot live by bread alone, is an expression that does not suit today's feature. Yes, we do need, bread. Fill our bellies before even picking up our phones and newspapers.

No wonder the great, late Jamaican singer Bob Marley sang : “ A hungry man, is an angry man.” 

Let us begin with one of the most common East African foods. Known as FouFou in parts of the continent, Sadza in South Africa, Kaunga in Uganda, Sima in Kenya and Ugali in Tanzania. Ugali is so popular that there is actually a maize brand called “Ugali”, currently on sale.

 

I was having a conversation with a friend from Zanzibar and she said:

“If I were to choose between Ugali and Wali ( i.e. cooked Rice), I would choose Ugali.”

I nodded. 

Then she laughed when I narrated her the following story. One afternoon I was in a rush. I had a concert and running late. I am one of those people who believe in eating at home. Not picking bits here and there ... feeding on junk and wasting money. I was hungry and in a hurry. A bad combination. 

Eating demands attention, tender care and passion. You don't want to wolf your food down as digestion always starts in the mouth.  Chewing is important. Has to be slow and you must enjoy. But...hey! 

I made Ugali. Ugali is the best meal when you are hungry and rushing. Simple and filling. I made my Ugali and boiled duck. The salad was beef tomatoes with Avocado Oil. I know some of us Tanzanians equate eating Salad with Uzungu. Ask most of us what Salad is and that word Kachumbari pops its head out like a diver in a swimming pool. Kachumbari comes from Kachumber, a salad dish from India and the Mediterranean area. Originally not a Swahili dish.

 

So I devoured the meal. Duck was amazing. We all make duck in different ways. Some like it roasted in the oven. Slowly. Others season it, then deep fry it in oil. Duck meat is already oily. 

According to Health-line, duck meat is lower in fat (23%) compared to chicken (40%).

Now. With Ugali. You cannot put it in the fridge or leave it somewhere then come back to re heat, like, say, rice. 

“You had to throw it away?”

My friend protested.

“The Ugali yes. But I managed to finish the Salad and the duck.”

She winced.

I winced.

It is like breaking the law of meals. You don't throw away Ugali. Even writing this oozes a creeping guilty feeling. ALITUPA UGALI.

ALITUPA SIMA!

 

That is the viciousness of time. When we are rushing, time is such a sadist. Merciless. But the engine of the tale is that YOU DO NOT THROW AWAY UGALI. That is why my friend had both palms to her mouth. 

“Imagine that appetizing Ugali in the dustbin!!!” Say no more.

Hadija : “I would not mind so much if it were Ubwabwa.” 

Ubwabwa, well-made rice. Boy. We have cool foods in East Africa. Still speaking of rice, during the early 1980s, I had three visitors who I had bumped at New Africa Hotel, in then down-town Dar es Salaam. We youths would hang around this well-known seafront restaurant. 

One afternoon, a Japanese painter whose name I have since forgotten with his two British pals complained they had never tasted Tanzanian cakes.

“When we are in your tourist hotels all we keep getting are European sweets. Don t you have Tanzanian cakes?” 

I invited them at my pad in Mwananyamala -Kisiwani, around 30 minutes by bus from the sea front.  Made Ugali and my then girlfriend, let us call her Fatuma arranged the Mandazi and what else? Vitumbua. My guests found Mandazi tasty. But it was Vitumbua which robbed their tongues. Fatuma and I stood there watching them relishing and gobbling down the Vitumbua. 

“What are they made of?” 

Fatuma explained. The visitors wanted to see the intricate Vitumbua pot. With its holes that resemble a Dau game (Swahili chess to be precise). She explained how different it were from how we fry Mandazi. The two Britons said they had tasted Mandazi in London Caribbean restaurants.

 

Dumplings.

Years later I would verify that. What Jamaicans call Dumplings we say Mandazi ya Kumimina. A softer version of Mandazi. There are different types of Mandazi. But Vitumbua?

That is the first time I heard word Rice cake.

Tasty. Like Ugali very filling too.

Normally in London not all of us cook Vitumbua. There are specialist makers and sellers of Vitumbua. And you cannot order a few. Minimum is twenty Vitumbuas. You buy. Eat some. Keep the rest in the freezer.

Yes Vitumbua, i.e. Rice Cakes are tasty beasts.

Tasty sweets of East Africa.Freddy Macha is a London based Tanzanian writer and musician.

 

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