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‘I was having a bad day’: ‘Kanjo’ at centre of city car drama says

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The Nairobi city centre was rocked by chaos on Tuesday morning after an attempt by inspectorate officers to tow a private vehicle quickly went awry, leaving one man injured and three parked cars damaged.

It all began when three officers, commonly referred to as ‘kanjo’, arrived with their break-down vehicle to clamp a silver-gray BMW which was parked near Jamia Mosque along Banda Street. They were on orders to tow the parked vehicle, Koja Ezekiel, a man sub-contracted by the City Inspectorate Office, said. 

Without confirming whether the owner had paid for the parking spot, the officers clamped the vehicle and began towing it towards Kimathi Street. Upon seeing the vehicle being taken away, by-standers near the vehicle tried to explain that the owner had already paid for parking. However, they remained adamant and would hear none of it. 

The adamant inspectorate officers got into their breakdown vehicle, registration number KAE 870F that had a yellow Nairobi City County board written number 4/3/16, and began to move the car.

By this point, the altercation with inspectorate officers had began to draw a crowd of onlookers. Interested bystanders, passers-by and boda boda riders were drawn into the drama, which the owner of the towed car was trying to resolve, and closely followed the conversation. 

The situation, however, threatened to get out of hand when the witnesses demanded that the clamped vehicle be released as its parking had been paid for.

Sensing danger, the inspectorate officers got into their vehicle and drove off towards Kimathi Street while towing the vehicle, whose steering wheel was locked, thus causing the car to zig-zag and inconvenience other road users. 

By this time, the crowd of onlookers had grown into an angry mob. They caught up with the city inspectorate vehicle which had been left behind by panicked officers who took off upon realising the extent of damage they had caused. However, the crowd caught up with one officer, who was quickly rescued from their wrath by police officers who were nearby.

But this did not stop the city inspectorate vehicle which, in a panic, sped on as the towed vehicle continued hitting several other cars parked in front of Nation Centre. The vehicles, including a black Toyota Avensis and silver Nissan Note, were hit. The break-down vehicle finally came to a halt after hitting a black Subaru Forester. A parked grey Prado missed being hit by a whisker as it was just inches away from the line of impact.

The crowd turned its anger to the  break-down vehicle, which was quickly vandalised. Its windscreen was shuttered, bonnet pulled to the ground, the car battery damaged and several wires surrounding the engine cut.

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Radio Jambo presenter pleads for Ksh 4.3m financial help

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The veteran sports presenter at the Radio Africa-based station is seeking to raise funds to facilitate a kidney transplant in Turkey.

According to a notice shared on social media, Kuria’s family is on a financial drive to raise Ksh4.3 million.

According to Toldo’s colleague, Fred Arocho, the radio presenter has been unwell for some time and needs specialized treatment. 

“My brother and colleague at Radio Jambo, Toldo Kuria (Mzee Toldo), has been unwell for some time,” Arocho confirmed.

“Mzee Toldo, our son, father, brother, and friend was recently diagnosed with kidney failure and requires an urgent kidney transplant.

This will be undertaken in Turkey and the total cost of the operation is Ksh4.3 million. 

“My good friend and football commentator Toldo Kuria is unwell and in dire need of your prayers and financial support. Any amount will be appreciated,” Radull wrote.

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Senator Mithika Linturi granted sh2m bail

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The Nakuru magistrates court has granted Meru Senator Mithika Linturi a sh 2million cash bail or sh5 million conditional bond over alleged incitement remarks at a rally this past weekend.

Linturi is expected to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Kiambu County weekly.

The High Court in Nakuru has also ordered the Meru Senator not to contact or intimidate any witnesses in the case either by proxy or personally.

“His free speech rights are limited that he should not make any comments on the case under investigation,” Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti ruled Tuesday.

Linturi is facing charges of alleged incitement remarks he made during Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Eldoret on Saturday.

He was arrested on Sunday morning in Eldoret and driven to Nakuru before being taken to the DCI offices in Nairobi.

He was later returned to Kaptembwo Police Station where he spent the night.

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Kenya bans passenger flights from Dubai

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Kenya has suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from United Arabs Emirates (UAE) for seven days.

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director-General Gilbert Kibe on Tuesday morning said that the ban which took effect from Monday midnight was in response to a similar directive by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on December 20 last year.

The ban comes barely a few days after UAE extended Kenya flight ban after it established that travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite carrying negative test results.

Last month, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights to the Emirate of Dubai from any point in the Republic of Kenya.

On December 29, 2021, Emirates Airline said that it has, in turn, extended its flights from Kenya suspension to comply with the directive that was to end on December 24 until further notice.

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“Inbound and transit passenger flights from UAE are suspended for a period of seven days. Talks have been happening and are still ongoing, but we are doing this in reciprocation of the similar ban. This is what the government has decided to do,” said Mr Kibe.

Kibe said the ban does not however affect cargo flights that are normally flown by carriers such as Kenya Airways and Emirates airline from UEA into Kenya.

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