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Mombasa residents encouraged to donate blood to avoid looming shortage

Kenyans donating blood./COURTESY

BY>> ALLAN MUCHEMI

Mombasa residents have been urged to donate blood.

Speaking to Baraka FM, Kenya Red Cross Director Mombasa County, Mohammed Rajab Said, said there was looming blood shortage at the Coast General Hospital blood Bank.

According to Rajab, the need for blood has exceeded the capacity they have as an organization to meet the ever increasing blood demand.

“We use blood of not less than 100 pints on a daily basis, this means that the blood capacity in our blood bank is unable to meet the high demand being experienced. High percentage of blood in our banks goes to cancer patients, mothers in labor wards and patients on dialysis,” Mohammed Rajab said.

Rajab has urged residents in all the Coastal region counties to come forward in large numbers and donate blood in order to save lives.

Rajab dismissed misleading information in public domain about blood donation and reiterated the benefits associated with blood donation not only to recipients but also the donors.

“The blood cells have a life span of about 110 to 120 days after this period the blood cells starts to weaken and during blood donation is when one gets rid of the inactive cells giving an opportunity for the manufacture of new and vibrant cells which are important to the functioning human body,” he said.

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo the new Senate Minority leader

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo./COURTESY

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo is the new minority leader in the Senate.

Senate Speaker Amason Kingi officially communicated the names of the House leadership as senate sessions resumed Tuesday afternoon.

Madzayo will be deputised by kitui senator Enock Wambua.

The speaker also announced that Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot is the new majority leader and will be deputised by his Nakuru counterpart Tabitha Karanja.

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Samburu’s Steve Lelegwe are the Majority and deputy majority Whips respectively.

Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo will be the minority whip with Narok senator Ledama Olekina as her deputy.

House leadership names were forwarded to the speaker courtesy of their political parties.

Five cops charged with killing Mombasa conductor arraigned in court

Late Caleb Espino

Five Police officers facing Murder charges of a matatu Tout in Mombasa appeared at the Milimani Court on Monday.

The five were allegedly on duty when the Late Caleb Esipino Otieno passed on while in police custody at the Changamwe Police Station on the 18th of September, 2018.

During the hearing, Changamwe OCS Abdinoor Hussein Dakane produced an Occurrence Book (OB) number before the court but failed to produce the cell registry.

Appearing before Justice Justus Bwonwonga, the OCS, told the court that entries recorded on the 18th of September, 2018 went missing in the cell register.

The case was adjourned and will be heard on the 13th of October, 2022.

Police officers facing the murder charge include;Khalif Abdulahi Sigat, James Muli Koti, Joseph Odhiambo Sirawa, Edward Kongo Onchonga, and Nelson Nkanae.

Witnesses had claimed that police assaulted the conductor, and an autopsy revealed he died from multiple wounds.

Story-courtesy of MUHURI

Father allegedly strangles his two children to death

A police officer in crime scene. file

Police in Nyali, Mombasa County are pursuing a man who allegedly killed his two children by strangling.

The man is said to have strangled the two children aged 4 and 8 at Bombolulu estate.

The suspect is said to have gone into hiding after the heinous crime.

According to Nyali Sub-County Police Commander Daniel Musaba the suspect also razed down his house.

However, it has nor been established why the man committed the act.

Tanasha Donna ignores Diamond as she wishes son a happy birthday

Tanasha Donna and son Naseeb./COURTESY

BY>> SAMMY KURIA

Kenyan beauty sensation and singer, Tanasha Donna, penned a sweet message to her son, Naseeb Junior, upon turning 3 years old.

“Happy birthday son. Big 3! Mommy loves you to bits! Alhamdulillah,” read Donna’s message to her son.

Many noticed that she didn’t bother to wish Diamond, who is also her baby daddy, a happy birthday on social media even though he shares a birth date with her son, leaving many with questions.

She however recently confirmed that she’s on good terms with the baby daddy.

Chibu Dangote on the other hand used his Instagram to celebrate his son.

“Love you Twin!” Diamond captioned photos of his son on his Instagram page which has a following of over 15 million people.

Diamond Platnumz and son Naseeb./COURTESY

Chibu Dangote’s mother Sandra also used her Instagram to celebrate her son and her grandson turning a year older.

Sina la zaidi Ila nawapenda sana” Mama Dangote wrote.

Platnumz stepdad also had a message to the Birthday boys; “And October ni siku yenu ya kuzaliwa, nawatakia kheri na baraka ziwe tele tele zaidi hizi zilizopo, Mungu awatunze sana. Happy birthday to father and son “

Diamond Platnumz finance manager and former Rayvanny’s manager Don Fumbwe also had a message to his Boss;

“I have many reasons to smile and be happy on this day because you have been such an inspirational leader to my colleagues and me, in my eyes you are a truly remarkable boss. The Role Model of many, Humble, Genius with a MasterMind and not to forget you being the Merciful. Happy birthday Boss @diamondplatnumz

Platnumz’s brother Rommy Jons wrote; “HAPPY BIRTHDAY KING”

Diamond shares a Birthday date with his son while Tanasha shares a birthday date with Diamond’ mother.

Kongowea residents hold demos over illegal wall blocking waterway

The locals during a demonstration on Saturday./Peter Kombe

Kongowea residents in Mombasa, are calling on the government to intervene after a private developer allegedly destroyed a section of the storm water system.

The residents now want the construction works at the site adjacent to the community halted immediately.

According to them the construction of an illegally erected perimeter wall has been causing flooding in the area.

‘’We have complained about this issue ever since but nothing has been happening. We are over 20,000 people living in this area that have been affected over the years,” said one of the residents, Khalid Salim.

Salim alleged that the land is a public road reserve that was illegally grabbed and blocked for use by the public.

He further notes that the ongoing works have destroyed the storm water system that has existed since the colonial times and if works continue, it might be blocked completely.

“This storm water system serves the entire Kongowea and adjacent areas of Nyali, taking water to the ocean through the Bahari club,” he said.

Meanwhile, another resident Hamisi Ahmed said that majority of the families have lived in the area since the 60’s.

Ahmed indicated that they received promises before that the issue will be addressed, but to date nothing has happened.

“President William Ruto during his inauguration promised to deal with cartels once he puts down the Bible, we call on him to come here and deal with these cartels putting the lives of Kenyans at risk,” he said.

At the same time Nuru Muhfadh, another resident, said that they had to dig a hole through the wall to allow water get to the chamber of the storm water system.

“This is a water way; how can one be allowed to build on it and block it? When it rains water gets into our houses making toilets flood. We won’t allow this to go on,” she said.

Muhfadh also wants the community to be issued with title deeds saying that they have been following up on the matter since the 80’s to no avail.

145 killed in road accidents in a week

The car involved in accident that killed two teenagers./FILE

At least 145 people died in road accidents between 18th and 26th September 2022.

According to the police, they have observed a sharp increase in fatalities among passengers.

“From our assessment, the increase was mainly attributed to preventable and predictable factors; non-usage of seat belts by commuters, driver behavior such as speeding leading to loss of control in high occupancy vehicles, and poor mechanical condition of vehicles resulting in brake failures and Tyre bursts, were some of the causes,” read the police statement.

According to police data, the number of road crashes between January and September this year increased compared to the same period in 2021.

This year, at least 3,541 died in road accidents compared to 3,286 in 2021, which was a 7.8 percent increase.

“The last couple of months have registered an increase in the number of road traffic accidents and unfortunately several road users have tragically lost their lives as a result while others are recuperating in hospitals, “ said the police.

In the period between 1st January and 26th September 2022, there have been 15,924 road crash victims.

Out of that number, 3,541 died while 7,236 were seriously injured. 5,174 were slightly injured.

“Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, and pillion passengers are the most affected in these statistics,” said the police.

20222021 % Var
Pedestrians1, 269114410.93
Motor Cyclists 9419123.18
Passengers63452720.3
Drivers3243143.185
Pillion Passengers 324326-0.613
Pedal Cyclists 4963-22.22
Table comparing accident fatalities in 2021 and 2022

Police officer loses loaded gun after drugging incident

A police officer in crime scene. file

A policeman is fighting for his life after a suspected drugging incident in Mombasa County.

According to police, a community Policing member informed the Kongowea OCS about an officer in blue attire lying unconscious at a corridor around Mary Joy Academy.

The report further revealed that when officers from the station rushed to the scene, they found the officer senior sergeant Joanes Omondi lying down unconscious with his gun missing.

“He had no shirt and his police radio was besides him. His loaded firearm, Ceska pistol was missing together with his phone and wallet”. It reads.

The officer was the duty officer for the previous day.

“He was rushed to hospital following the incident”, it further reveals.

Police say that the officer was dropped by a motorcycle escorted by another at around 8pm .

“We have commenced investigations”, police said.

Two dead after boda-boda collides with a lorry

A motorcycle accident in a past incident./COURTESY

BY>> YAYRA MIGYIKRA

A motorcycle rider and his passenger died on Friday morning following a road crash in Kirinyaga.

The two died after their motorcycle collided with a lorry at around 7am in Samson Corner Area along the Mwea-Embu Highway.

The rider and his female passenger are said to have died on the spot following the crash.

According to reports, the motorcycle was en route to Embu from Kutus when it collided with a lorry that was headed in the same direction from Nairobi.

Serie A first female referee to debut in the top league this weekend

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Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi./COURTESY

Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi will make history in Serie A this weekend when she takes charge as the first female center referee to officiate the Italian top tier.

The 31-year-old who was promoted to the Italian refereeing league this season will be officiating Sassuolo’s match against Salernitana on Sunday, the body of the referees has announced.

Ferrieri Caputi became a professional official referee seven years ago and was promoted to Serie C league five years later.

She also refereed a Serie B match last year and has experienced a Serie A league club when she managed to officiate Cagliari against Cittadella in Italian cup last December where she disallowed three goals during that game.

Caputi will be the sixth female referee to take charge in males top five league across Europe after Stephanie Frappart (French league 1 and Champions League), Bibiana Steinhaus (Bundesliga), Natalie Aspinall, Wendy Toms and Sian Massey-Ellis (Premier League).