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Police probe death of university student inside a toilet
Police in Nairobi have launched investigations of a University of Nairobi student who was found dead inside a toilet along Kirinyaga Road, Nairobi. The decomposing body of Franklin Ondwari,27, was found hanging on the window of a toilet where he lived with his friend. Police suspect Ondwari committed suicide even as they launch comprehensive investigations into circumstances that led to his demise. The police maintain that the motive of the incident is yet to be established. The deceased was reported missing by his family on July 17, 2024, after leaving his mobile phone on charge. “His friend and roommate reported that he smelt a soul smell coming from the toilet and when he went to check he found the body hanging on a rope,” states a Police report seen by Nairobi News. No suicide note was found at the scene of the incident. Ondwari and his roommate lived on the 20th floor of a residential house along Kirinyaga Road. The body of the deceased has been moved to Nairobi Funeral Home pending autopsy and investigations. In November 2023, another UoN student was found dead after a suspected suicide in Kabete, Nairobi where he stayed alone in one of the hostels at the institution. Police recovered a suicide note that seemed to be bidding farewell to his parents and clan written in his dialect in his room. The body had no visible injuries other than marks around the neck.
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Sarah Hassan, Brenda Wairimu return for Zari Sn2
Fans of 'Zari' the telenovela by TV couple Lulu Hassan and Rashid Abdalla's d, have a reason to rejoice as the series returns for its second season, starting Monday, July 29, 2024. The new season promises to delve even deeper into the turbulent lives of Nina (played by Sarah Hassan), Lola ( Brenda Wairimu), and their families. Continuing from the dramatic events of the first season, viewers will witness Nina and Lola attempting to mend their toxic relationship and agree to get along. However, this truce is short-lived, and the sisters quickly revert to their old ways, with more betrayal, secrets uncovered, and heightened jealousy. "Season 2 delves deeper into the complexities of sisterhood, betrayal, and the enduring power of family," said Brenda Wairimu, who plays Lola. "The audience will see Lola's development as she deals with grief, bereavement, and an unwavering drive for vengeance. It is a raw and emotional trip that will keep viewers engaged." Sarah Hassan, who plays Nina, added: "The stakes are bigger, the secrets are darker, and the relationships are more intricate. The viewers will be on the edge of their seats as they watch the aftermath of the first season's events and the new challenges that await the Kambarage sisters." Nzola Miranda, Managing Director of MultiChoice Kenya, affirmed the company's commitment to providing exceptional local content. "Since its launch in 2023, Zari has been our number one show, captivating our audiences and surpassing viewership of major events such as the Champions League. This remarkable achievement demonstrates the power of local storytelling and the deep connection our viewers have with Zari's characters and their journeys. We are confident that season two will continue in the same trajectory." The first season of Zari, landed six nominations at the prestigious 2024 Kalasha Film & TV Awards, including Best TV Drama and Best Viewer’s Choice TV Drama. The two leads, Sarah Hassan and Brenda Wairimu were honored with trophies for Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively, highlighting the show's success and the cast's outstanding performances.
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Boni Mwaitege goes after peddlers of his ‘fake death’ rumours
For the better part of Monday, July 23, social media was awash with reports that Boni Mwaitege, a renowned gospel singer from Tanzania, had passed away. Various online platforms claimed that Mwaitege was involved in a tragic road accident, leaving his fans shocked and confused. While some clung to the hope that the news was false, others awaited official communication from his family. In a timely update, the talented gospel musician has broken his silence, addressing the false reports. In a video shared on the Tanzanian blog 5Star NewsTZ, Mwaitege assured his fans that the rumors were unfounded and that he was safe and well. "I have come forward to speak with you about the ongoing rumors that went viral. I have had people try to hurt me and speak false things about me, but this one has forced me to come out and say. I have been ignoring the other things, but death allegations have forced me to come out and speak. My brothers and sisters are watching me, I am healthy and have not been involved in any accident," Mwaitege stated. He further urged his fans to help dispel the misinformation: "It is just fake, and I am praying that you can spread the message that I am alive and kicking. I am yet to know who came up with such false information. I have seen other gospel musicians face the same. I'm going to take action on the matter. The next action will be by the government. I have informed President Samia Suluhu and her government will take action about the matter." His wife also denied the allegation. Speaking to Millard Ayo, she said that her husband had arrived home safe after a journey from Kenya. "Boni Mwaitege ni mzima kabisa ametoka safari kutoka Kenya na amefika nyumbani salama, amepumzika,” (Boni Mwaitege is alive and well, he just returned home from a trip to Kenya, he is fine and resting) she said. Fellow artists also confirmed that Mwaitege was alive and well and wasn’t involved in any accident. “The news all over social media that Boni Mwaitege is dead, is not true. Boni Mwaitege is in good health, he is not dead. I am requesting that you help spread the good news that Boni Mwaitege, the servant of God is not dead, he is alive. I communicated with him on the phone and we exchanged pleasantries. The report that he is dead is not true. He wasn’t involved in any accident and he has no plan of dying now,” the chair of gospel music in Tanzania said. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJt8MsrWZWs
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Burna Boy to treat fans to a free show
There are many things to celebrate especially if you are Burna Boy, the Nigerian Afro Beat whose music career star continues to shine at the global stages. Among many reasons that Burna credits for his music success is his fourth studio album released in July 2019 the ‘African Giant’ that paved way for his international breakthrough. It’s the album, that launched Burna onto the global platform when it earned him a Grammy nomination thus opening channels for him to penetrate Europe’s world stages where he has been performing in sold-out venues and cashing in millions of dollars in performance fees. To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the album, Burna has teamed up with YouTube Music Nights for a ‘free’ live performance on Friday, as a show of a thank you note to his millions of fans worldwide who have followed his journey. “This album holds a special place in my heart as it represents a pivotal moment in my career and a powerful statement of African pride. Performing these songs for my fans, who have supported me every step of the way, is a reminder of the journey we’ve shared and the cultural impact we’ve made together. I’m grateful to YouTube Music for helping us create this memorable event and to all my fans for their unwavering support. Here’s to many more years of making music that resonates and inspires,’’ Burna says. The show will be livestreamed exclusively on Burna Boy’s YouTube channel, allowing fans worldwide to join the celebration. ‘African Giant’ album is supported by eight singles including ‘On the Low’ which won the Viewer’s Choice Awards at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festivals. The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics worldwide, with many terming it as ‘cohesive’ and praising Burna for not diluting his Afrobeat sound despite its several foreign collaborations. In 2019 at the All Africa Music Awards, it won, Album of the Year and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd prestigious Grammy Awards. Burna made history by becoming the first Afro-beat star to sell out a performance at the Madison Square Garden in New York which holds a capacity of 19,500 people as well as at the
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Uganda Police Arrest Dozens of Protesting Youth
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US voters face new presidential campaign
Voters in the United States are facing a new presidential campaign with incumbent Joe Biden dropping out and Vice President Kamala Harris likely to be the Democratic Party’s nominee to face Donald Trump in November
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Trump, Harris Trade Insults in Newly Energized US Presidential Campaign
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Live Talk: The Connection
Livetalk is a 30-minute call-in TV (simulcast) talk show engaging Zimbabweans in-country and in the diaspora to air their views on developments taking place in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. The program aims to enlighten citizens on critical issues by engaging experts, non-state actors, politicians and government officials. Join us Monday to Friday 1800-1830UTC, 2000-2030pm Zimbabwe time.
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Ray C: I blame my exes for my career downfall
Legendary Tanzanian singer Ray C, born Rehema Chalamila who once dominated the entertainment industry has opened up about the reasons behind her career derailment. The singer claims that her exes played a significant role during the peak of her music career. The one-time undisputed queen of Bongo flava ruled the East African music charts in the early 2000s releasing several hits such as ‘Na Wewe Milele’, ‘Mama Ntilie’, ‘Uko Wapi’ to mention a few. "Back then, I was young and surrounded by many people, not knowing who was good or bad. I was young and loved people’s company. My love for socialising was my downfall. My downfall was because of those I kept close to, whether it was my lover or friends. Those I welcomed with open arms are the ones who brought me down," Ray C revealed. The star added that her youthful desire to indulge in everything contributed to her downfall too. "I wasn't someone who would say no. Secondly, I trusted people too easily. If I was told to drink Tequila, there I was. if I was told to drink Malaika shots, there I was, not knowing what was in the drinks. In the end, it caught up with me. I was young, enthusiastic about life, and had money and fame. My downfall was my curiosity and eagerness to know everything. I rushed into things," she explained. Read: Singer Ray C reveals why she moved from Tanzania to France Ray C made remarks feeling indebted to caution Gen Z girls, urging them to be careful about their lifestyles, which she acknowledges are reminiscent of her own past mistakes. "These kids from the 2000s have a lifestyle that brought me down. I see them having the same curiosity and eagerness to know everything that I had," she said. In 2020, the mother of one was sent back to Rehab, Life and Hope Rehabilitation Centre popularly known as ‘Sober House’ in, Dar es Salaam, after being rescued by police while attempting to commit suicide. Her struggle to overcome drug addiction caught the attention of former Tanzanian president Jakaya Magufuli who came to her aid, financing her rehabilitation. At the height of her struggle with drug addiction, she accused her former boyfriend rapper Lord Eyez of introducing her to drugs. Ray C currently leaves overseas having been able to regain her groove back, except for the once flourishing music career.
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Largest refugee team to compete at Paris Paralympics
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South Africa Presses to Maintain Preferred Trade Status With US
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What now? Questions swirl around future of Biden, Harris, America
resident Joe Biden’s Sunday decision to step out of the presidential race sent shock waves through the White House and beyond, leaving uncertainty about the Democratic nomination in its wake. VOA White House Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
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LiveTalk
Livetalk is a 30-minute call-in TV (simulcast) talk show engaging Zimbabweans in-country and in the diaspora to air their views on developments taking place in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. The program aims to enlighten citizens on critical issues by engaging experts, non-state actors, politicians and government officials. Join us Monday to Friday 1800-1830UTC, 2000-2030pm Zimbabwe time.
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Democratic Officials, Donors Back Harris After Biden Exits US Presidential Race
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Tiffany Haddish Soaks In The Rainforest At The Victoria Falls: Zambians And Zimbabweans In A Tug Of War
American comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish is revelling in the beauty of Zimbabwe at the majestic Victoria Falls, igniting a fight online.   Tiffany Haddish Having The Time Of Her Life In Victoria Falls Haddish has been silently enjoying Zimbabwe after stealthily entering the country. The media has largely been unaware that the “Girls Trip” […] The post Tiffany Haddish Soaks In The Rainforest At The Victoria Falls: Zambians And Zimbabweans In A Tug Of War appeared first on iHarare News.
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‘Sisi ni Wale’ hitmaker Phina defends Otile Brown over controversial claims on East African artistes
Bongo flava star chanteuse Phina has come to the defence of top Kenyan singer Otile Brown, who was recently criticised by his peers in the entertainment industry in Kenya and Tanzania for comments he made. Speaking on Obinna TV a month ago, Otile claimed that there were no international artistes in East Africa. “No East African has reached international levels,” he claimed. Although Otile went into great detail in explaining his arguments, his remarks were not taken lightly, with several Tanzanian and Kenyan artists such as Bien Aime, KRG The Don, firing back at him. “It irks me a bit when Otile says that because people are busy building, and I can understand him saying that because he has never ventured beyond. Who is Sofia Nzau to you? Have you never heard of 'Mwaki'. It has 100 million on Spotify and she has been performing abroad, recently she was in South Africa. I have been on tour all year round; I have played in Kenya only once this year and I have played over 20 shows. Otile needs to rethink himself,” Bien fired back when he was hosted on the same show. Also from Tanzania, several stars didn't seem pleased with Otile's remarks, firing back at him, some pointing out that Diamond Platnumz has been privileged to perform on international stages such as Afro Nation. But from where Phina sits, Otile is greatly misunderstood. “Otile Brown is one person with the heart of gold, only that he is always misunderstood because he speaks his mind, he has no filters. But he such a nice guy. He gave me my breakthrough when I was up and coming without a hit. I really wanted to work with him so bad but a lot of musicians discouraged me saying he is such a snob. I insisted on finding that on my own and despite the fact that I was starting out, he did listen to me and gave me a chance he was so accommodating and that’s how we created ‘Super Woman’ that turned out to be my first hit song. He is such a nice guy, only that he is misunderstood,” says Phina whose next song ‘Nipo nyonyo’ went on to be even a much bigger hit. The two stars later on went on to be very close leading to speculations that they were dating.
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Hollywood star Peter Macon to coach Kenyan actors in film masterclass
Kenyan actors will get a chance to interact with Hollywood star Peter Macon when he visits Kenya in September this year. The 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' actor will be in Kenya to lead a film and theatre masterclass organised by YORA. The Emmy Award winner portrays Raka in the high-profile science fiction film 'Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes', which was released in May this year and has so far grossed $396 million at the box office.Macon has been a professional actor for the past 35 years, and as he prepares to return to Africa for the second time, he says his years as an actor have taught him to take a pragmatic approach to his career. “I have learnt to expect the unexpected which I think is a good thing. It’s good surprise albeit strange when you get called up for roles never knowing quite what type they will be. I think it's kind of just part of my story and my journey,” he says. During his masterclass in Nairobi, Macon is also expected to share knowledge on what it takes to break into Hollywood, and his career journey in Hollywood which he notes hasn’t been easy. Untill three years ago, the film star admitted that he had experienced ‘spurt of downtime’ in his career. In a recent interview, the actor who became a hit on Fox’s Sci-fci series ‘The Orvile’, says he has found a groove in Hollywood but was quick to admit that it took time to figure out what that was. Commercials, for instance, were a no-go for the imposing Macon, revealing that he was rejected at the auditions 195 times. “Being told no 195 times, you kind of got to listen,” he is quoted. In 2002, Macon won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over for narrating the episode ‘John Henry, The Steel Driving Man’
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Government To Start Feeding Pupils In Schools As Drought Bites: Here Is What Children Will Eat
The Government has announced that it will start feeding pupils in schools this July to counter the effects of the El Nino-induced drought.   The Hunger Situation In Zimbabwe The country is experiencing a drought after receiving low rainfall during the 2023/2024 season. Eighty per cent of Zimbabwe received below-normal rainfall even though farmers ploughed […] The post Government To Start Feeding Pupils In Schools As Drought Bites: Here Is What Children Will Eat appeared first on iHarare News.
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Ngujush rules out politics, says he makes the right impact with his skits
Online skit comedian Njugush, who has recently been commenting on issues of governance and politics, has no plans to enter politics. Njugush, who has been on a rampage criticising the government, appearing on TV programmes for commentary and even imitating politicians accused of bad governance and corruption in his sketches, says that while he is deeply involved in the country's affairs, being a politician is one thing that hasn't crossed his mind. “I don’t think I can be a politician, I don’t think it’s in my place. I am not cut for leadership. Let each person do what they are supposed to. If I am powerful in what I do skits, of which I am, if that’s where I can influence then that’s is the right place for me. I can’t go into leadership because it’s not my thing. And that’s the problem we are having in this country, those people who are not qualified are in those positions,” Njugush says. The comedian recently released a book called 'Whispers from My Childhood', which details his journey as a child growing up.
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Another Senior Army Officer Colonel Andrew Kabaira Has Died, As Retired Brigadier-General Dr Michael Chaminuka Is Buried Today
Another senior Zimbabwe National Army officer, Colonel Andrew Kabaira, has died, days after Brigadier-General (Rtd) Dr Michael Chaminuka passed on.   Colonel Andrew Kabaira Has Died Colonel Kabaira succumbed to a short illness yesterday morning, 21 July, at the age of 64. He died at an army hospital, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) confirmed in […] The post Another Senior Army Officer Colonel Andrew Kabaira Has Died, As Retired Brigadier-General Dr Michael Chaminuka Is Buried Today appeared first on iHarare News.
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“Kusakwana!”: Prophet Edd Branson Throws Snide Remarks Following Viral Screenshots Hinting That Wicknell Chivayo Scooped His Wife
ZANU PF-linked Prophet Edd Branson has spit veiled attacks at Zimbabweans following viral screenshots hinting that Wicknell Chivayo chowed his wife.   From Benevolent Businessman To Loose-Zipped Scoundrel This past week has been one to forget for ZANU PF mascot, controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo. When the year started, he was the star of social media, […] The post “Kusakwana!”: Prophet Edd Branson Throws Snide Remarks Following Viral Screenshots Hinting That Wicknell Chivayo Scooped His Wife appeared first on iHarare News.
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Content creator couple Felicity and Thee Pluto marriage plans
Wedding plans between content creators Felicity Shiru and Thee Pluto hang in the balance over their religion differences. Opening up on the situation of their longstanding relationship, Felicity says plans for them to cement their union officially, through exchange of marriage vows have now come to halt. “I usually engage Pluto about it. You know now he is a Muslim, and I a Christian. For him he wants us to have an Islam wedding and I want a church wedding so we are just stuck there.” However Felicity remains optimistic maintaining that she would really love to walk down the aisle as it has always been one of her dreams. “I would like for it to happen and I’m sure it will happen someday. I just don’t know when,” she adds. The young couple have been together for over two years now and share a daughter.
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Comic Captain Otoyo on why he left the comedy industry
Actor and comedian Kazungu Matano, popularly known as Captain Otoyo, says the reason he has been missing in the showbiz limelight is because he took time off to enjoy the fortune he made from the industry. Since the end of Churchill Show in 2020 (which resumes next month on NTV) and his departure from radio, Matano has been leading a quiet life away from the public eye. The witty man who rose to prominence via the one time popular TV show Papa Shirandula before venturing into stand-up comedy on Churchill show as well as his own stand and also radio, says he took time away to reflect on his successes from the entertainment industry, enjoy his fortune and venture into other things he didn’t want to specify. “I realised I had made so much money and needed to enjoy otherwise I might leaving people behind fighting over it yet they have no idea how hard I worked for it. So I took time to go and spend my money,” Captain Otoyo chuckles. Although the creativity bug still bites, Otoyo feels he is at a point in life where he needs to open up a new chapter in his life. “I would love to venture into other things especially now that I feel like I have fair experience in life. I think it would be a nice challenge to myself,” he adds.
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Foreign Leaders React to Biden Dropping White House Bid
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Biden withdraws from presidential race, endorses Harris as Democratic nominee
Kamala Harris, America’s first-ever female vice president, could be nominated to take the top spot on the Democratic Party ticket for president of the United States. Senior Washington Correspondent Carolyn Presutti looks back at her roots and her past four years in office.
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Glass-ceiling breaker Kamala Harris could be presidential
Kamala Harris, America’s first-ever female vice president, could be nominated to take the top spot on the Democratic Party ticket for president of the United States. Senior Washington Correspondent Carolyn Presutti looks back at her roots and her past four years in office.
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US lawmakers Stunned by Biden Withdrawal
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US President Joe Biden Ends Reelection Bid; Endorses Vice President Harris
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Ugandan Leader Says Anti-corruption Protesters 'Playing With Fire'
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Kenyan youth-led protests call for sweeping changes in governance
What started as digital activism by young Kenyans on social media raising their concerns over a government tax bill has developed into a movement. It has forced President William Ruto to drop the bill and fire nearly his entire cabinet.
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Harris Hits Fundraising Trail Amid Calls for Biden to Leave Race
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