Former president Mwai Kibaki underwent a successful neck surgery on Thursday, August 25, to remove a blood clot in one of his arteries.
A source privy to the whole operation said it went down well and that the procedure took approximately one hour.
The procedure was successful and the old man is back to the ward. It was a delicate procedure but thank God it was done without any hitch,” the source said as quoted by Standard.
Doctors at the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in South Africa where Kibaki is admitted had detected the clot which had caused a stroke to Kibaki at his Muthaiga home.
Despite the successful operation, Kibaki is, however, expected to remain at the hospital for the next one week as the doctors monitor his path to recovery, the source said.
“He will be in the hospital for another week as the medics monitor him and continue giving him the care he needs before he is released.”
Kibaki was flown to South Africa after being admitted to the Karen Hospital.
He was accompanied by his doctor Dan Gikonyo, a government doctor and his younger son Anthony Githinji.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was among those who visited him at the Karen Hospital and later on rallied Kenyans to pray for the former head of state.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga and other leaders also sent him quick recovery messages.
Kibaki served as Kenya’s third president between 2003 and 2013.
A woman has taken Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo to court seeking maintenance for her three-year-old daughter.
Victoria Ndunge Musyoka wants Kilonzo compelled to pay Sh259,500 monthly upkeep for the daughter, arguing that the senator has abdicated his duties, despite being the biological father after illicit affair went south.
“We had a relationship with Kilonzo between 2012 and 2013 and had the child in May 2013, but we broke up thereafter. He used to provide for us for a few months, but he has now totally abandoned us and refused to cater for his child,” said Ndunge.
She filed the suit through Muriu, Mungai and Company Advocates, claiming that they had an agreement after their separation that she will have custody of the child, while Kilonzo will continue paying for monthly upkeep.
In the agreement, Kilonzo was reportedly to take full medical responsibility of the child, pay the mother Sh30,000 monthly entertainment allowance, Sh60,000 for food and take a Sh5 million education policy for the child. The agreement also reportedly provided that the senator pay Ndunge Sh15,000 for transport, Sh10,000 for water and electricity, Sh8,500 for a nanny and Sh6,000 for a house help.
“Despite being the person who prepared the agreement after the breakup, he has breached the terms and failed to fulfill his parental responsibility as contained in the Parental Responsible Agreement they both signed,” said lawyer Peter Munge.
Munge added that the senator is a respectable businessman with several investments, which makes him capable of paying the monthly maintenance fee.
Ndunge also wants Kilonzo to pay for the child’s early childhood education at an upmarket school in Karen, Nairobi.
“Ndunge has on several occasions approached Kilonzo to have this matter settled amicably, but he has refused, forcing her to have no alternative but to seek the court’s assistance,” said Munge.
Ndunge wants an order allowing her to have custody of the child until she turns 18 and for Mutula to provide for her upkeep until she reaches that age.
The Senator, however, dismissed Ndunge as an extortionist, saying the truth will set him free.
Kitutu Chache South ODM Member of Parliament hon Richard Momoima Onyonka, who was on 23rd roughed up and thrown out of Ufungamano House at a CORD meeting, has resolved to defend his seat on an independent ticket.
Onyonka who among other ODM leaders, has been warming up for Jubilee, has received a hostile reception in Gusiiland especially in his backyard which is a CORD zone.
Onyonka tried to gatecrash into a CORD meeting and was nearly beaten up by angry CORD supporters that were disgusted by his presence following his recent pro-Uhuru campaigns in Kisii.
Momoima has been a fierce critic of his party leader Raila Odinga, saying Raila is obsolete and must therefore retire.
His previous attempts to sell Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero as the Nyanza kingpin bore no fruit after youths nearly lynched him a couple of times.
The Kitutu Chache South legislature has unavailingly tried to join Jubilee with the intention of having his alleged jumbo debts and corruption cases dis-burdened off his back.
The man has also worked hard to try and impress Jubilee so that they can cover up his alleged massive CDF and UWEZO fund embezzlement.
Nonetheless, his efforts have been barren since the entire Gusii is a no-go-zone for Jubilee. He once led a huge delegation to Sugoi where they met the Deputy President at his home and declared he would run on a Jubilee ticket in 2017.
According to political pundits, Onyonka has read between the lines and sensed defeat by an ODM candidate who is preferably Raila’s right-hand man Anthony Kibagendi.
The youthful Kibagendi gave hon Onyonka a run for his money during the 2013 elections. Kibagendi is Raila’s groundsman in Kitutu Chache South and at national level he represent the party in imperative TV and Radio Talkshows.
The families of the late Tom Cholmondeley and the late KWS ranger Samson Ole Sisina have concluded negotiations on compensation ahead of his burial on Friday.
Mr Cholmondeley’s father and mother agreed to compensation demands by Mr Sisina’s widow Lucy Sisina and 22-year-old son John Esho and has given the family 49 cattle.
The two were part of Thursday’s negotiations.
They have also undertaken to educate Mr Sisina’s eight children to university and build the family a decent house.
Twenty-seven elders from the Maasai community were part of the 30-member delegation that travelled from Narok to Mr Cholmondeley’s Soysambu ranch in Naivasha where the negotiations were held the whole day.
Only six elders were, however, allowed to take part in the negotiations as the rest waited.
Mr Sisina’s family, which lost a murder case that was filed against Mr Cholmondeley 11 years ago, was demanding 49 cows, a commitment by the Delamere family to educate all his children to university level, 27 acres of the Delamere’s expansive ranch and a commitment to finance all projects that the late Sisina was undertaking before he was killed.
Mr Cholmondeley, who died while receiving treatment at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi, will be laid to rest on Saturday.
The family of Mr Sisina, who was shot dead by Mr Cholmondeley, speaking immediately after news of his death last week, declared that it would not allow the late billionaire to be buried until his family met its compensation demands.
Maasai elders recently conducted a ritual at the gravesite of the late Sisina, cursing his killers, after attempts to reopen an inquiry into his death hit a snag.
They claimed the ritual was strong and that it would affect the Delamere family if it declined to honour its compensation demands.
Mr Sisina’s widow appeared to concur, at a separate interview at the family home in Olemutel Village, Mosiro ward, Narok East, last week.
“This might not end very soon, as far as the blood of my husband is not paid for,” she had said.
“According to the Maa culture, there are more misfortunes on the way. My children are living in abject poverty, they have stopped going to school and their tears will continue haunting them,” Mrs Sisina told the Nation.
Mr Cholmondeley shot to news headlines in April 2005 after he shot Mr Sisina — an undercover KWS ranger — who he said, had trespassed onto his vast Soysambu ranch in Naivasha.
It was said the late Sisina was killed on the farm when he went to investigate the source of game meat.
Mr Cholmondeley claimed he shot the ranger in self-defence, saying he had been fired at first.
Then Attorney-General Amos Wako terminated the case against him, saying there was no evidence.
Just last month, the family of Mr Sisina had petitioned Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to launch fresh investigations into the case after disowning an order made by Mr Wako 10 years ago.
It demanded a fresh public inquest into the death.
The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (Nock) has been disbanded.
Sports Kenya, a department under the ministry, was tasked to investigate allegations of mismanagement of Team Kenya during the just concluded Rio Olympic games.
CS Hassan Wario said on Thursday that the committee members failed to execute their mandate in line with the Sports Act and grossly violated the privileges accorded to them.
“I do hereby disband the national Olympic organising committee of Kenya with immediate effect and transfer the responsibilities to Sports Kenya as the interim custodian,” Wario said.
He said that Sports Kenya will now oversee the adoption of new Nock constitution and set its election calendar.
There is no word yet from the current President of NOCK Mr. Kipchoge Keino who was a Gold medalist in 1968 Mexico City 1500 metres and Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich 3000 metres steeple. Due these performances and charitable works, Mr. Keino was recently decorated during the opening of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It is possible that, the current fiasco is tied to money NIKE game the top management for the sponsorship of the athletes during the Olympics at Rio and the gamesmanship between the chinese sponsorship. At the moment, athletes are stranded in Rio de Janeiro without means to get home.
Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately they arrived at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23.
Zimbabwe which was one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position.
Mr. Mugabe who is incensed with the team’s performance told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them. “We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money” he said.
“If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us,’’ he said.
He added that, the money invested in the team to represent the country could have been used to provide amenities and build schools.
“This situation is like an impotent man who is married to 5 women, what is the essence?
“I will make sure we share the cost across board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it take 10 years recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist; they are useless,” he concluded.
Isaiah Kiplagat, one of Kenya’s most illustrious and flamboyant veteran sports administrator, is dead.
Kiplagat, 72, who battled cancer for years, took a final bow at his Karen home shortly before 9am on Wednesday morning.
Kiplagat was one of the longest-serving sports administrators in the country, having worked in various capacities at Athletics Kenya (AK) for the last four decades.
Former AK secretary-general and vice president David Okeyo, who eulogised Kiplagat as a fearless and visionary sports administrator, said he received a call from Kiplagat’s family at 9.30am shortly after he had passed on.
“They wanted me in Nairobi immediately,” said Okeyo, who was speaking from Kisumu. “It’s sad to receive such news in the morning and my condolences to the family.”
Love him or hate him, Kiplagat, who was fondly known as “Fundi” by his peers, endeared himself to both friends and foes as a shrewd administrator, who worked his way out of difficult situations to retain his position as Athletics Kenya chief since 1992 before stepping down last year.
Under his watch, Athletics Kenya transformed to a firm and vibrant federation that has been the envy of many, winning awards both locally and internationally.
The consistent performance showcased by the association saw AK bag the federation/association of the year award in the SOYA awards gala for three consecutive years from 2009.
But to his foes, Kiplagat’s iron fist rule coupled with divide-and-rule method have what has seen him glued at the helm, having retired as the Postbank managing director in 2002 after serving for 14 years.
Kiplagat, who took over Kenya Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA), now AK, as chairman in 1992, turned the Association from a non-profit making entity to the richest federation in the country.
By the time of his unceremonious and controversial departure last year, AK had Sh130m in current assets and almost Sh1b in fixed assets including the AK headquarters, Riadha House.
STILL UNDER INVESTIGATIONS
Kiplagat passed on while still under investigation alongside three other former AK officials by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics Commission.
Kiplagat alongside vice president David Okeyo and former treasurer Joseph Kinyua were suspended for six months in November last year for their alleged involvement in graft and subversion in anti-doping control in Kenya.
The suspension was extended for another six months in June this year to enable the Sharad Rao-led Commission more time to conclude the investigations.
This year has seen sweeping changes at Athletics Kenya headquarters, Riadha House. Kiplagat, who had served both locally and internationally for four decades, exited the scene under controversial circumstances.
Kiplagat had in May last year stepped aside as AK president so as to concentrate his energies in campaigning to become one of IAAF vice presidents later in August of that year. However, he was defeated.
Efforts to return to the AK office was scuttled when an AK executive met and suspended him and two other officials as athletes also staged a protest at Riadha House in November to stop Kiplagat’s return.
“Though seen as harsh, it was not out of bad faith since Kiplagat wanted athletics to grow from strength to strength and that is why many people are enjoying the dividends from his hard work now,” added Okeyo.
Kinyua said Kiplagat has left a legacy that will be remembered for many years.
“I worked with him for 16 years after [he hand-picked] me from Kenya Science. We took over KAAA with a Sh 2 million debt to where it is now,” said Kinyua.
Kiplagat was also at the helm of other sports federations. He was the chairman of Safari Rally Ltd, a member of the World Rally Championship from 1999 to 2003. He was also the chairman of the Automobile Association of Kenya that was also affiliated to the FIA over the same period.