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Man charged in Mombasa court for shoplifting chewing gum at Naivas supermarket

A court mallet.

>>BY RACHEL UMAZI>>

A man has been charged in a Mombasa court for shoplifting goods worth Ksh 3,315 at Naivas -Likoni.

Stephen Muthuku is alleged to have stolen P.K and Juicy fruit chewing gums, Gauniev vitamin doom liquid and electrical LED belonging to Naivas shopping mall.

Muthuku is accused of committing the offence on 20th February 2024 at their Ferry area stores.

However, appearing before Mombasa senior magistrate Rita Orora, the accused denied the offence.

Orora ordered the accused be taken for medical check-up after complaining of pain inflicted on him by police officers who  accused of slapping him severally of the cheeks.

The courts released him on a ten thousand shillings bail, pending mention of his case on 14th March.

Chinese national ‘defrauded’ Ksh. 8M in Mombasa

A court mallet.

A man has been charged in a Mombasa court for allegedly defrauding a Chinese citizen of Kshs. 8.6 million.

Tomy Mbae Mbiti is alleged to have claimed that he was able to sell 575 tons of green grams (pojo) to the Chinese named Wu Yang.

According to the charge sheet, on 3rd January 2024, Mbiti in an undisclosed area within Mombasa, obtained money by false pretenses from Wu Yang contrary to section 313 of the penal code.

However, Mbae denied the charges before Mombasa Magistrate Ms. Rita Orora.

The suspect is out on a Kshs.3 million bond until the 3rd of March,2024 when the case will be mentioned.

Mombasa driver arrested for using phone on Valentine’s Day

>>BY FREDINAH JOINA>>

A man was charged in Mombasa court on Thursday for using his phone while driving.

Meshack Odunga was nabbed by traffic police on Valentine’s Day along Obama Road in Changamwe area, Mombasa County.

“I do recall very well on the 14th of February, 2024 at about 1040hrs along Obama-Airport road while on normal traffic check, I flagged a motor vehicle registration KDD 417Y make Toyota Fielder whose driver was driving while using a mobile phone,” read Police Constable Paul Mutambu’s statement.

“I immediately took action against its driver namely Meshak Odunga whereby I arrested and escorted him to Changamwe Police Station,” also read the statement.

Appearing before Mombasa Senior Magistrate G. A Olimo, the driver pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was released after paying a fine of Ksh. 10,000.

Family of 11-month-old baby seeking financial help for treatment in India

A family of an 11-month-old baby is seeking financial help to raise medical funds to take the infant to India for treatment.

The family of Baby Ayan is seeking help in raising seven million shillings needed to take the 11-month-old for a liver transplant in India.

“Baby Ayan was born with a rare liver condition, Biliary Atresia which was diagnosed one month after birth after he had an internal bleeding to the brain. He was admitted and treated at the Coast General teaching and referral Hospital. He had for a corrective surgery (kasai procedure) at 2 months of age which was unsuccessful and now needs an urgent liver transplant,” said the family.

The family says he cannot live with the diseased liver as it is affecting other vital organs and poses other life-threatening conditions.

Baby Ayan is currently under Liver Cirrhosis, Intraparenchymal Bleeding, and Ascites medication.

“The Transplant needs to be done in India and we lack the financial muscles to cater for his treatment. We, the Family of Baby Ayan humbly ask for your financial support towards his Medical Bill,” said the family.

Well-wishers can send their donations to Paybill 8613998, Account no Baby Ayan.

I&M Bank opens new branch in Diani

Left to right: I&M Bank Kenya CEO Gul Khan and Kioko Musyoki, South Coast Region Chairman of the Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers./COURTESY

I&M Bank has opened a new branch in Diani, Kwale County.

The Diani branch, the bank’s 52nd branch (8th in the coast region), was opened on Thursday.

Speaking during the launch, I&M Bank’s Regional Business Manager Coast Dr. James Ng’ang’a said the Diani branch will help tap into the Blue Economy and Tourism market.

“We want to welcome residents of Diani, small business owners, and investors to access financial services through our new branch. We have free bank-to-mobile money cash transfer which means accessing services at a cheaper rate. Small business owners can also get unsecured personal loans of up to sh.10 million to help grow their businesses,” said Dr. Ng’ang’a.

He added that the bank had invested heavily in its digital platforms to allow easier access for its customers.

“I&M is one of the banks that has invested in technology and most of our customers do their banking online. Even accessing huge loans can be done digitally. Technology is very important and as a bank, we will continue to invest in our digital platforms to ensure all our services are online,” said the Regional Business Manager, Coast region.

Speaking during the launch, Kioko Musyoki, South Coast Region Chair of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers(KAHC) said the new I&M branch expansion provided an opportunity for the local hospitality sector to benefit from access to financial products and services that cater to the needs of the industry.

“Today’s opening holds immense significance in benefiting the local MSME businesses as well as providing tourists with convenient and easy access to financial services. This in turn will help contribute to and grow the local economy which is a powerful step towards financial inclusion for the very stakeholders who fuel Kenya’s tourism,” said Kioko.

The KAHC South Coast Chair called for the collaboration of all stakeholders to ensure a flourishing tourism industry not only for Diani but the whole nation.

“The journey towards a truly inclusive financial ecosystem requires collaboration. Financial partners, like I&M Bank, cannot walk this path alone. It requires the active engagement of stakeholders like KAHC, the government, and the wider Diani hotel and tourism community,” said Kioko.

“Collectively, we have the ability to champion specialized financial solutions tailored to the unique needs of the people in Diani. Additionally, we look forward to educational initiatives and capacity-building endeavors to equip local businesses with financial management skills,” he added.

The Diani branch is the 52nd I&M Bank branch in the country.

Coast region has branches in Watamu, Kilifi, Malindi, Changamwe, Diani, Nyali, and two in Mombasa town.

I&M Bank’s Regional Business Manager Coast Dr. James Ng’ang’a says they will open more branches according to demand.

Francis Mtalaki named new Coast Media FC Chair

New Coast Media Football Club Chairperson Francis Mtalaki./COURTESY

Francis Mtalaki is the new Coast Media Football Club Chairman.

Mtalaki was named chairman following a Coast Media Executive meeting held on Saturday.

The new Chair, who will be taking over from Philip Ombajo, called for collaboration and teamwork among all members.

“I want to thank everyone for the trust you have bestowed on this team including myself as the chair. It’s not an easy task but I believe with your collaboration, assistance, and teamwork it’s easy to achieve our goals, grow together, be better, and create a difference,” said Mtalaki.

The Coast Media FC striker is also looking to return to the field.

Meanwhile, Brian Otieno takes over from Ernest Ndunda as the new Coast Media FC Secretary General.

Below is a list of the new CMFC officials;

Chairperson – Francis Mtalaki
Vice Chair – Sammy Mwaura
Treasurer- Lydia Mkamburi

Secretary General – Brian Otieno
Asst Sec Gen – Yvonne Mutunga

Organising Secretary – David Otieno
Asst Org Sec – Patriciah Wayua

Advisor – Josphat Kioko

Board Members: Daniel Munyao, Kevin Odit, Fadhili Mwambingu, Karim Rajan, Mzee Shariff

Patrons: Ernest Ndunda, Philip Onyango

Team Manager – Hajj Ramadhan
Team Doctor – Joyce Jura, Yvonne Mutunga
Team Captain – Mark Mutuku
Asst Captain – Ismael Zema
Coach – Dickens Obiero
Asst Coach – Kevin Odit

Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum is dead

The men’s marathon world record holder, Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, 24, has died in a road accident in his home country.

He was killed alongside his coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, in a car on a road in western Kenya on Sunday.

Kiptum made a breakthrough in 2023 as a rival to compatriot Eliud Kipchoge – one of the greatest marathon runners.

And it was in Chicago last October that Kiptum bettered Kipchoge’s achievement, clocking the 26.1 miles (42km) in two hours and 35 seconds.

The two athletes had been named in Kenya’s provisional marathon team for the Paris Olympics later this year.

Paying tribute to Kiptum, Kenyan Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba wrote on X: “Devastatingly sickening!! Kenya has lost a special gem. Lost for words.”

Opposition leader and former prime minister, Raila Odinga, said the country had lost “a true hero” and was mourning “a remarkable individual… and Kenyan athletics icon”.

Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, said Kiptum was “an incredible athlete leaving an incredible legacy, we will miss him dearly”.

The road accident happened at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Sunday, police were quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Giving further details of the crash, police said Kiptum was the driver, and the vehicle “lost control and rolled, killing the two on the spot”.

Courtesy of bbc sports

Ivory Coast lifts AFCON 2023 Cup

Sebastien Haller was the hero for Ivory Coast again as the Elephants came from behind to beat Nigeria and win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final on home soil.

The striker, who had also netted the semi-final winner just 13 months on from his return from testicular cancer, flicked in Simon Adingra’s cross with the toe of his boot with nine minutes remaining to complete a second-half comeback and spark wild celebrations in Abidjan.

William Troost-Ekong had put Nigeria ahead seven minutes before the end of a cagey first half when the centre-back rose highest to powerfully head in from nine yards out following a corner.

Franck Kessie nodded in the equaliser in the 62nd minute when he was left unmarked at the back post from Adingra’s corner.

After a remarkable run to the final, which included the departure of coach Jean-Louis Gasset after two defeats in the group stage, the Ivorians clinched a third continental title with a deserved victory.

Relive Ivory Coast’s victory over Nigeria in Afcon 2023 final

The West Africans add to their previous Nations Cup wins in 1992 and 2015 and become the first tournament hosts to triumph since Egypt lifted the trophy in 2006.

Interim coach Emerse Fae masterminded Ivory Coast’s passage through the knockout stages, which included dramatic victories over defending champions Senegal and Mali after late equalisers in both games.

Ivory Coast spent more than $1bn (£0.79bn) on hosting the tournament, investing a similar amount on improving infrastructure in the country, and Ivorian President Alassane Outtara joined in the post-match celebrations in the stadium bearing his name.

The Elephants pick up $7m (£5.54m) in prize money, with Nigeria handed $4m by the Confederation of African Football.

Nigeria, three-time continental champions themselves, had previously been unbeaten at the finals, including a 1-0 win over the Ivorians in the group stage, but the Super Eagles rarely imposed themselves after sitting back for most of the contest.

Courtesy of bbc sports

 

One month course for a sh400k job

A barista making a cup of cappuccino./COURTESY

Did you know that a Barista is one of the most sought-after and well-paying jobs globally?

James Wanjohi is the co-founder of Worthstart Barista & Mixology Institute, he says a Barista course only takes 30 days.

Speaking to Baraka FM on the Chanja Maswala show, Wanjohi encouraged Kenyans to enroll in Barista courses because of the profession’s wide market.

“A barista is someone who makes and/or serves coffee and coffee-related beverages. A barista should be highly knowledgeable about coffee. During training, the teaching starts from the farm to the different types of coffee, and how to brew them. You get the general knowledge of coffee from tree to cup,” said Wanjohi.

The Barista course includes General Coffee Knowledge, Milk Frothing and Latte Art Techniques, Coffee Roasting Basics, and Sensory Basics among others.

“We teach you grading of coffee, teach you how to use your sense of smell to know the quality of coffee,” said Wanjohi.

The institute does not only teach how to make coffee but also teaches Kenyans the value of Kenyan coffee. Wanjohi says the value at which Kenyan farmers sell their coffee beans per bag is way less than what foreign countries sell the same bags for.

“Kenyan coffee is the best in the world. We have come to realize that our farmers do the donkey work and do not benefit from their coffee as much as foreigners selling our coffee abroad. A bag of coffee beans sold at $100, can be sold six times that price abroad,” said Wanjohi.

“We have people in Japan and South Korea calling daily saying they want to buy Kenyan coffee,” he added.

Job Opportunities For Baristas

There is a broad market for baristas including hotels (local and international) and cruise ships.

According to Wanjohi, the institute helps students get employment once they are done with the course, at an extra fee.

“We have two groups of people at Worthstart Barista & Mixology Institute. We have a group that is solely responsible for seeking employment opportunities for our students both local and international,” said Wanjohi.

“Currently, we have around 120 people who are supposed to go to Qatar in March. We have also partnered with hotels where we provide interns and staff,” he added.

According to Wanjohi, a barista’s salary in the local hotels ranges from sh.40,000 to 80,000. Five-star hotels pay more than sh.100,000.

“Internationally, the pay is higher. For example in London, the salaries range from sh.480,000 to 800,000,” said Wanjohi.

He urged those seeking employment to enroll in the one-month-long course.

“Worthstart is the first school in Africa to promote/elevate the barista business and educate Africans on coffee. This is the shortest course in the world, you study for 30 days, and on the 31st day you are at work,” said Wanjohi.

The institute has branches in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania.

“Our main branch is at Pension in Nairobi, the Mombasa branch is at GPO. We also have a branch in Nakuru. Our certificates are internationally recognized, that means once you have a certificate from Worthstart then it will open the employment doors for you,” said Wanjohi.

Meanwhile, Wanjohi has urged the government to invest in the barista field saying it will help deal with unemployment in the country.

Dennis Ombachi, aka the Roaming Chef, Set To Grace Awards in South Africa

Ombachi

Kenyan rugby player turned TikTok star Dennis Ombachi aka the Roaming Chef, is expected to be in Johannesburg, South Africa to handover an award at the second edition of the awards.

Ombachi was named the overall winner of TikTok’s inaugural Top Creator 2022 award ceremony.

The awards last year were held at a colourful ceremony at the Mövenpick Hotel and Residences in Nairobi, and were hosted by former TV presenter and PR guru Anyiko Owoko.

The eagerly awaited award ceremony, celebrating TikTok creators for their talent and creativity, is set for February 9 at Vodaworld in Midrand, Johannesburg.

This event is more than just an awards ceremony. It’s a tribute to the individuals shaping the cultural and digital landscape of Sub-Saharan Africa, setting new cultural trends and influencing social narratives.  

During December 2023, TikTok fans were asked to vote for their favourite creators on TikTok, and winners were chosen by public vote and a TikTok judging panel, with one winner emerging from each category.

Bianca Sibiya, Head of Content Operations for TikTok in Sub-Saharan Africa, emphasises the significance of acknowledging talent: “TikTok champions creativity and connects people globally. Our platform empowers anyone to become a creator and share their stories, while building careers. These awards are designed to inspire, guide, and empower the next generation of talent to take Africa to the world”