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Waititu loses Sh 52M in attempt to buy Sh 520M building in Nairobi CBD



Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has lost Sh52 million he had paid as a deposit to acquire Solar House a building in Nairobi CBD.

Justice Jacqueline Mogeni allowed General Properties Ltd to keep the money after ruling that Waititu had breached the contract, this was according to court documents.

The agreement signed by both parties stated that the politician was to pay Sh52 million and pay the balance of Sh468 million within 90 days.

Solar House in Nairobi along Aga Khan Walk, off Harambee Avenue

Two local banks declined to advance him the loan thus Waititu was unable to meet the deadline . Waititu was transacting using Saika Two Estate Developers where he is a director. However, the company was put in the spotlight after the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission began investigations into the firm.

EACC said that he used the company to receive kickbacks when he was the Kiambu governor. thus accusing Waititu of corruption .

Solar House owners sued him and asked the court to allow them to keep the deposit for breach of contract.

A restriction that had been placed by Saika preventing transactions involving the building was lifted by the judge .

A person who lodges caution over any property is one who claims right whether contractual or otherwise. Saika has not raised any objection on why the caveat should be removed. The court finds that there is no basis for continuing to have the caveat lodged against the said title,” she said.

In his defence, Waititu claimed that the building’s value was based on false rental income and thus unable to secure the loan.

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Earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 22 people.



Two earthquakes rattled western Afghanistan on Monday killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes, a local official said.

The US Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 pm and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 pm local time.

Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others injured,” said Baz Mohammad Sarwari

The Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas, but Badghis is a mountainous province, the number of casualties might go up,” he added

According to the head of the Emergency Operations Center of the Ministry of State for Emergency Affairs, more than 700 houses had been damaged.

the earthquakes struck 41 kilometers (25 miles) east and 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital

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Kenya orders 31 items that Google should remove from the internet



Summary;Kenya orders google to remove 31 items from the internet

From 2020 Kenya made 14 requests to Google. This included one content they found to be a copyright infringement, one takedown for fraud, two items bordering around hate speech, and seven requests for violations the government found were not listed by Google.

The reasons for the takedowns ranged from national security, fraud, and copyright 

According to a report released by Surfshark, Kenya submitted 31 requests to Google for the content.

YouTube received 101,015 tаkedown requests in the lаst decаde, compаred to 60,898 for Google Seаrch. Google Docs, Gmаil, аnd Google Photos also received tаkedown requests.

“We receive content removal requests through a variety of avenues and from all levels of government — court orders, written requests from national and local government agencies, and requests from law enforcement professionals. 

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“Sometimes users will forward us government removal requests, such as when someone attaches a court order showing certain content to be illegal.

But the tech giant stated that it always evaluates the legitimacy and completeness of a government request which must be in writing.

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Ex-Prisons boss Mwenda dies after bathroom accident



Mwenda, who was in charge of Naivasha prison before retiring, was instrumental in introducing reforms in the facility, including an education program that now benefits more than 2,000 inmates.

Mwenda suffered head surgery after falling in his bathroom. He died at a private hospital in Mombasa two days after being admitted.

Meanwhile, one person died on the spot and two others were seriously injured on Monday night after a road accident along Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road.

The car they were travelling in rammed into an oncoming trailer near Chechnia centre.

The injured were admitted to Naivasha Subcounty Hospital.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru said the car was heading to Mai Mahiu when it rammed into the trailer.

Occupants of the trailer escaped with minor injuries.

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