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I did not leave music due to pregnancy -Akeelah


Mombasa songbird Akeelah is back in the game after a seven month break.

Speaking during an interview at Baraka FM, Akeelah revealed that she took a break from releasing hits for more growth.

Akeelah was attached at a popular tourist hotel to get hands on experience on hospitality industry and voice training through Karaoke.

According to the Ujitume hit maker, the opportunity helped to boost her confidence especially during shows.

‘‘I was actually being trained on how to handle people. I was assigned different roles including ushering in guests into that posh hotel’’, she revealed.

Akeelah also dismissed rumours circulating that she took a break from music due to marriage and pregnancy.

‘‘I was hurt by people spreading those rumours. Only a few of my friends and family knew I was attached to that hotel to learn. I was not pregnant’’ she stated.


Akeelah has released a new song titled Moyo.

Tana River with lowest COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Coast region

A Kilifi health worker gets the COVID-19 jab./COURTESY

Tana River County has the lowest number of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coast region at 16,109 which is 10.7 percent of the targeted population.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, at least 552,659 out of a targeted 2,487,849 people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coast region.

Taita Taveta County has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated population in the region at 37.6 percent followed by Mombasa’s 30.8 percent.

Lamu comes in third with 20.2 percent being fully vaccinated against the disease followed by Kwale at 16.3 percent.

Kilifi County has fully vaccinated 15.1 percent of the targeted population.

Meanwhile, at 52 percent, only Nyeri County has surpassed the half mark in terms of people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nairobi County is 1.3 percent shy of 50 percent with 1,486,427 of the targeted population being fully vaccinated.

Nationally, 8,412,022 people above the age of 18 years have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 2,512,333 are partially vaccinated.

329,456 have gone for the booster dose with 15,207 being from the Coast region.

816,462 teens aged between 15 and 17 years have been partially vaccinated against the virus while 270,815 are fully vaccinated.

The total amount of vaccine doses administered in the country as of May 25th 2022 were 18,151,053.

The government has so far received 27,087,910 vaccine doses.

COVID-19 status in the country

A health worker taking a sample for COVID-19 test./FILE

63 more cases were reported on Thursday from a sample size of 2,075 tested.

The new cases bring total confirmed cases in the country to 324,469 from a cumulative of 3,658,042 tests done since the outbreak of the virus in the country in March 2020.

Out of the confirmed cases, 318,395 have recovered from the disease while 5,651 died. Total active cases in the country now stand at 423.

“There are three patients currently admitted in our health facilities, while 378 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. No patient is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), none is on supplemental oxygen and no patient is in the High Dependency Unit (HDU),” said the Ministry of Health.

30 year old man with two wives commits suicide


A 30 year old man has committed suicide in Kerosa village, Kilifi County.

The deceased Jumaa Thoya Baya hanged himself on a tree using a motorcycle wire.

According to area chief Peter Kombe, he was alerted about a body dangling on a tree at a nearby playground and immediately rushed to the scene.

Kombe stated that the deceased who had two wives, might have killed himself due to depression.

” Reports that i have is that it might be depression because life here is very tough, you know we are experiencing drought”, he said.

The deceased who was a boda boda rider had cleared form four in 2019 at Mekatilili Secondary School.

However, his reasons for taking his own life still remains a mystery.

Kombe told Baraka FM that police have already launched investigations.

Rejuvenated Bandari FC smelling the FKF title

Bandari players


Bandari FC are now serious title contenders in the FKF premier league this season after smashing Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 on Sunday at the Kasarani Annex, moving four points behind the league leaders Kakamega Homeboys.

Having [Kakamega homeboys ] lost two points on Saturday against former  FKF champions Gor Mahia after coming from behind and force a draw of 1-1, Bandari needed the three points to close the gap.

 With only three games remaining to wind-up the season, the only coastal based side that play in the top tier is creating momentum to their fans maybe this is their time to snatch the title from Nairobi to coast for the first time in history.

 Three months ago Bandari FC were nowhere to be found on the top four rather  hanging on the mid-table  after registering consecutive poor results under former coach Andrew Casa Mbungo.

The Dockers unveiled Andre Casa Mbungo as their new coach after the abrupt exit of Ken Odhiambo to rivals Sofapaka FC in January last year but he was sacked one year later.

Bandari  decided to part ways with the Rwandan tactician due to a wake of poor results  and appointed former AFC Leopards player  Antony [modo] Kimani as their new head coach for the remaining campaign matches.

The Dockers were struggling under Casa Mbungo after winning only six matches in 18 rounds played and in the last 13 games before his departure he registered just two wins.

Kimani had one main assignment to wake up Bandari FC and take them back to their levels before the end of the season.

Since the appointment the squad has been firing their opponents and caught the eyes of many football fans in the country.

Antony Kimani has transformed Bandari FC to their livelihood again suffering just a single defeat in thirteen matches that he has been in charged since March.

Speaking with Baraka fm in his early days in charged Kimani denied the claims that Kakamega homeboys may end the season as champions since they were 10 points clear with only 14 matches remaining.

Kimani instead, made it clear that they will fight and try to push the Bernard Mwalala’s side until the end of the season  and see the outcome which by now is convincing.

 On Saturday Bandari will host Ulinzi stars at Mbaraki before facing Sofapaka and finish the campaign at home stadium as they will welcome Police FC.

Cocaine worth millions recovered at a house in Mombasa

The consignment of cocaine recovered at a house in Mombasa's Utange. A suspect was also arrested./COURTESY

Police have recovered millions worth of cocaine in Mombasa County.

The consignment was seized on Friday by Directorate of Criminal Investigation sleuths at a house in Utange.

“In an operation conducted by sleuths drawn from the Transnational Organized Crimes and the Anti Narcotics units, one female suspect identified as Nuru Murshid Mahfud, 29, was also arrested following the meticulous operation,” said the DCI.

29-year-old Nuru Murshid Mahfud who was nabbed with a consignment of cocaine worth millions./COURTESY

The cocaine had been packaged in 35 sachets and concealed in suitcases.

Police are yet to establish whether the recovered cocaine was meant for the local consumption or in transit to a different destination.

“The suspect has been detained at a police station in the coastal city as the undercover agents hunt for her accomplices,” said the DCI.

Meanwhile, experts at the Chemistry and Toxicology units based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory, shall be conducting more tests on the highly addictive drug.

EPL to take long summer break as season nears end

Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane celebrate Manchester City victory in a past match PHOTO: file

The English premier league fans Will a get a long summer break as the top European league is coming to an end this weekend.

The premier league title race of course will be decided on the final day for the first time in three seasons as Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s side will contest the destiny of the crown.

Most eyes will be on the Etihad and Anfield arenas. Reigning champions, City will retain the title with a win over former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrad’s charges but a defeat would allow Jürgen Klopp’s side overtakes the citizens if they beat Wolves.

No doubt Pep will be sleepless as he prepare his boys for the final game of the season as well as Klopp who still has an eye in the champions league final in Paris.

Another big battle is the top four race as the Londoners (Tottenham and Arsenal) will fight for the fourth place on Sunday.

Tottenham have the upper hand over Arsenal for the spot after the gunners suffer a shock defeat against Newcastle on Monday.

A draw against Norwich will take  Tottenham back to the Champions league for the first time in the last three season while the gunners must win against Everton and hope Norwich do a favor by smashing spurs to secure the top European competition.

The final day has an interesting line-up of matches as Manchester united could end up in conference league next season if they lose against Crystal palace and west ham secure three points against Brighton.

Meanwhile after a dramatic comeback of 3-2 against Crystal palace on Thursday Everton are now safe over the relegation battle but that is not the end of the story as serious business will take part on Sunday.

Burnley and Leeds united are the remaining sides that will fight for the relegation battle as all tie with 35 points after 37 matches.

Burnley host the in-form side Newcastle while Leeds face the bees, Brentford.

Finally, the golden boot race is getting hot as Mohammed Salah leads the race with 22 goals one above Tottenham’s Son while arguably the Greatest Of all Time Ronaldo comes in third with 18 goals in his bag.

As the campaign come to an end are you satisfied with your team’s performance this season?

Top Mombasa KCPE pupil working in cemetery due to lack of fees

Abdulilah Omar who was supposed to join Dr. Krapf photo: Kassim Abdulilah

Abdulilah Omar is yet to join High school despite leading in KCPE examinations at Kikowani primary school.

According to a relative, Mr. Kassim Omar, Abdulilah was supposed to join Dr. Krapft secondary school in Rabai Constituency.

However, Kassim, says the boy has been languishing at home due to lack of school fees.

The unnamed relative said has been helping his mother to take care of Kikowani cemetery, Mvita Constituency in Mombasa County.

The boy together with his mother have been watering graves for stipend from well-wishers.

“They take care of graves at Kikowani cemetery and are given 20 shillings from well-wisher, money that cannot cater for his education”, he added.

Facebook post seeking help for Abdulilah

Speaking to Baraka FM, the family is now seeking for help in educating their first-born child.

“He is a very bright boy who needs assistance to continue with schooling in order to break the family cycle of poverty”, he added.

Mombasa court stops IEBC from processing Sonko’s nomination papers

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka with Mike Mbuvi Sonko at a previous event. The court has stopped Sonko's nomination to vie for the Mombasa top seat until an Application and Petition filed against him is heard and determined./COURTESY

The High Court in MOmbasa has stopped the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission from processing former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s nomination papers pending hearing and determination of case against him.

In a court order issued on the 18th of May, 2022, Justice John Mativo ordered IEBC to stop processing Sonko’s nomination papers pending hearing and determination of an application filed by Haki Yetu, Kituo Cha Sheria, and Transparency International against Mike Sonko Mbuvi Gideon Kioko, Wiper Party, and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as the first, second and third respondents respectively.

Justice Mativo also ordered that both Application and Petition were certified as urgent and that both the Petition and the Application be served within three days. Upon being served, the respondents are to file their responses to both the Application and Petition within four days from the date of service.

“That pending the hearing of the Application and/or other further instructions from this Court I order that 3rd Respondent be and is hereby restrained from processing the 1st Respondent’s nomination papers to contest and vie for the office of Governor of Mombasa County and from clearing 1st Respondent for election into the office of the Governor of Mombasa County pending hearing and determination of this Application,” read Justice Mativo’s order.

The matter shall be mentioned for direction on the hearing of the Application and the Petition on 24/5/2022.

Nassir picks Thoya as running mate

Francis Thoya photo: youtube

Mombasa Governor aspirant AbdulSwamad Sharrif Nassir has picked Francis Thoya to be his running mate.

Until his nomination, Thoya was a director for the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID).

He hails from the Mijikenda community who are the majority voters in Mombasa County.

Thoya who is a former CEC in  Ali Hassan Joho’s cabinet was unveiled on Tuesday at Serani grounds in Mombasa County.

The Abdulswamad-Thoya ticket will not battle it out with the Wiper’s Mike Sonko-Mbogo and UDA’s Omar Sarai-Selina Maitha ticket.

Arsenal risks losing Champions league spot

Arsenal player Granit Xhaka

Arsenal fans may wait for another season to see their team back in the champions league after suffering 2-0 loss against new billionaires Newcastle at St. James park on Monday.

The Gunners European top competition hopes are no longer in their hands with spurs now being favourites for the fête next season.

Having only one game remaining to secure the top four spot,the gunners needed a win to make their hopes alive since Antonio Conte’s side won against burnley on Sunday.

For asrsenal fans, it was a heartbreak after Ben white’s own goal early second half and new signing Bruno Guimares who  smashed the winning goal in 85th minute

Despite having nothing to play for and no desperate need for three points, Eddie Howe’s charges were relentless in their efforts to preserve their lead and ought to have doubled their advantage  when jacob murphy burst clear on the counter attack ,but he was denied by Aaron Ramsdale.

Meanwhile the londoners have now dropped to fifth place with 66 points two points behind their neighbors Tottenham.

Arsenal have a big task on Sunday when they face Everton on the final game of the season with the Toffees needing three points to remain in the league while Tottenham will take already relegated side Norwich city.

Elsewhere FA CUP champions Liverpool today go head to head with Southamtom as they fight for their quadraple at st. Mary’s tonight.

The reds are likely to make changes for the squad that played against Chelsea with the English league top scorer Mohammed Salah and defender Virgil van Dijik already ruled out after suffering various injuries in Wembley last Saturday.