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How did boy, 16, survive on landing gear of Nairobi to Netherlands plane; a 12-hour flight?

An airplane’s landing gear compartment

A 16-year-old boy suspected to be Kenyan is receiving treatment at a Netherlands hospital after subjecting himself to freezing conditions while stowing away on an aeroplane heading to Netherlands from London, United Kingdom on Thursday, February 4. The teenager clung on to the airplane’s landing gear for 250 miles (402 kilometers), The Evening Standard says. He was subjected to extreme cold conditions while 19,000 feet above the sea level. The boy was discovered when the aeroplane — a Turkish Airlines cargo flight — landed at the Maastricht Airport in Beek Town, Limburg Province in southeastern Netherlands. It took the Airbus A330 one hour to arrive in Beek from London Stansted. The stowaway was immediately taken to hospital and diagnosed with hypothermia, a medical emergency that occurs when one’s body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. A spokesman for airport told the teen “had tremendous luck to get through this”. According to a tweet from the Dutch Royal Marechaussee, a police branch of the Netherlands armed forces, the teenager is relatively well considering his ordeal.

The Evening Standard has identified the nationality of the teenager as Kenyan. The Dutch police said authorities would be investigating potential human trafficking links in connection with the stowaway, who was discovered in the space next to the aircraft landing gear. According to Dutch aviation publication, Lucktvaart Nieeus, the only cargo flight to land from London at Maastricht Airport in Limburg on Thursday was TK6305, a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 Freighter. The day before, the aircraft had flown to London Stansted from Nairobi, Kenya, via Istanbul. A spokesperson for Stansted Airport said the plane originally departed from Nairobi in Kenya to Istanbul, then on to Stansted before heading to Maastricht. They added there was nothing to suggest the 16-year-old entered the plane at Stansted. The flight distance between Nairobi and Netherlands is 6,680 kilometers, and the flight time is at least 12 hours. –

How Dubai is paying the price for letting in tourists

(CNN) — Take a passing glance at Dubai, and you may think life is back to normal. In recent weeks, the bustling city has been a sparkling attraction for tourists, especially from Europe, trying to escape the brutal winter and strict coronavirus lockdowns. But as tens of thousands of visitors flocked there during its peak year-end season, the virus inevitably caught up with the city despite precautions aimed at limiting its spread. Cases began to rise, nearly quadrupling since November. Even as Covid-19 gained a stronger foothold, the images out of Dubai — particularly from the Instagram feeds of influencers or celebrities — painted an image of a wide-open winter sun paradise. For those back home in countries such as the UK, where most people are being told they cannot travel abroad because of the risk to health, these pictures caused consternation, drawing criticism of those enjoying themselves. – CNN.



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Kenyan woman entangled in Sh10billion fraud

A Kenyan woman in the US has been implicated in a Sh10 billion scam involving funds from the country’s healthcare scheme. Winnie Waruru, 41, and her co-conspirator Faith Newton were on Monday indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, paying and receiving kickbacks, money laundering and making false statements. According to court documents, from January 2013 to January 2017, Newton was part owner and operator of Arbor Homecare Services. Waruru was a Licensed Practical Nurse working as a home health nurse at Arbor. It is alleged that Newton and Waruru engaged in a conspiracy to use Arbor to defraud health insurance providers MassHealth and Medicare of at least Sh10 billion by committing healthcare fraud and paying kickbacks to induce referrals. Newton then allegedly laundered the ill-gotten gains. Specifically, it is alleged that Arbor, through Newton and others, failed to train staff, billed for home health services that were never provided or were not medically necessary and billed for home health services that were not authorised. Arbor, through Newton and others, developed employment relationships as way to pay kickbacks for patient referrals, regardless of medical necessity requirements. They also entered sham employment relationships with patients’ family members to provide home health aide services that were not medically necessary and routinely billed for fictitious visits that Newton knew did not occur.

Bought lavish homes

As alleged in the civil complaint, Newton either directly or through Arbor, targeted particularly vulnerable patients who were low-income, on disability and/or suffering from depression and/or addiction. According to the indictment, Waruru and Arbor billed MassHealth for Waruru’s skilled nursing visits, many of which she did not perform. Waruru also passed cash payments from Newton to an Arbor patient to retain that patient, according to prosecutors. Newton allegedly used the laundered proceeds of the Sh10 billion scheme to buy multiple homes and a Maserati and to fund investment accounts, a lavish lifestyle and numerous financial transactions.

Forfeiture of properties

The civil forfeiture case seeks to forfeit to the United States five properties in different towns and cities and to forfeit the contents of 40 bank accounts and/or investments. Newton and a family member allegedly paid themselves approximately Sh4 billion from the profits, while Newton allegedly paid Waruru over Sh45 million. Federal officials filed a separate civil lawsuit seeking forfeiture of the properties, as well as financial accounts and investments involved in Newton’s alleged money-laundering scheme. In that civil complaint, prosecutors accuse Newton of targeting vulnerable patients who were poor, on disability and/or suffering from depression and/or addiction. “I will tell you that we’re going to zealously defend her action,” Sayeg said. “She is completely denying the allegations, and we look forward to her time in court to try these matters.” Waruru’s attorney, Stellio Sinnis of the Federal Public Defender Office, declined to comment. Following their initial appearance on Monday, Waruru was released after posting a Sh5 million unsecured bond. Agencies involved in the case include the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the US Attorney’s Office. –

Kenya government has extended the deadline for migrating to the e-passport by another 10 months

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i displays the new e-passport

launched at the Nairobi immigration offices on August 31, 2017.

The government has extended the deadline for migrating to the e-passport by another 10 months due to disruptions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i made the announcement on Thursday, saying the new deadline is December 31. “Starting January 1, 2022, the old dark blue passport will be null and void and no Kenyan will be able to travel internationally without a valid East African Community biometric e-passport,” he said. Kenya has been phasing out the old-generation passports as part of a binding commitment to migrate to the new EA e-passport. CS Matiang’i explained that at the height of the pandemic, the Directorate of Immigration Services scaled down its operations in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. “To make up for the disruption in service, [I have] extended the deadline for voiding the old passport by a further 10 months,” he said. “Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this is the last extension, and Kenyans are advised to make the necessary arrangements and acquire the electronic passports at the earliest opportunity possible to avoid travel inconveniencies.” –

Anne Esilaba of Croydon, UK, has Lost Her Husband

Late Bartholomew Amuko Esilaba
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing on to glory of Bartholomew Amuko Esilaba in London on 26th January 2021. Loving husband to Anne Esilaba. Devoted dad to Michael, Beatrice, Samuel, Rachel and Linda Esilaba. He was brother to Dr Anthony Esilaba, Peter Mabwa, Martha Iddy and Calvin Esilaba; nephew to Florence Machayo, Watindi Babu Eshikhati and Ruth Eshikhati amongst others. Brother-in-law to the Omuteres, Rosemary and Lucy. Uncle to Sherry, Ian, Andrew, Leah and Jael amongst others. Arrangements are underway to repatriate Bartholomew to his final resting place in Luanda Sub County, Vihiga, Kenya.

We kindly request the well wishers who would like to support the Family financially with contributions to kindly use the following details;
Name: Mrs Anne Esilaba

Bank: Barclays Bank,

Sort Code: 20-24-64

Account: 303 92 790

MPESA: To +254 722 648610 in the name of Dickson Lugonzo.

For more information, Please, contact Musa Ndengu Mwendwa on +44 7846 568660.

May God rest Bartholomew’s soul in eternal peace. Amen.

American Sues Kenyan Woman Over Lost Ksh40m

Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) founder Dr Martina Fuchs.

An American national identified as Dr Martina Fuchs has sued a Kenyan woman for the alleged embezzlement of Ksh40.6 million meant to help children from needy families in Turkana. Ms Mwanaidi Kheyo Makhoha, a project manager, was charged at a Kiambu court with forging receipts to embezzle over Ksh40.6 million between 2011 and 2016. The court heard that Makhoha posted contradictory reports of what was happening in Turkana to the organisation. Fuchs, the founder of the US-based foundation dubbed Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), indicated that Ksh64,218,605 donated towards the project could not be accounted for. The court charged Makokha with theft of money and forgery of receipts for purchase of various items and services from Muthaiga Travel Agencies, Maresh Health Care Limited, Uchumi Stores, Salama Cyclemart & Hardware, Bungoma West Pharmacy Limited (Kimilili), Dayash Epress Medics, Challymax Importers Limited and air tickets from Fly540. The complainant’s lawyer Pauline Kiteng’e, lamented that the case had taken too long before a judgement was made, arguing that Dr Martina Fuchs had incurred enormous expenses during the period. “Dr Fuchs feels that justice is not being done given that its five years now when the trial begun,” she said. Magistrate Grace Omotho, indicated that the delay witnessed followed the transfer of two other magistrates. She directed the case to proceed on May 19, 2021. Makokha is currently out on bond, but has denied the 10 counts she is being charged with. –

Bus driver killed wife ‘after she asked him to move out because he had Covid’

Hussein Egal, 66, allegedly murdered 57-year-old Maryan

Ismail at their flat in Edmonton, north London

A bus driver bludgeoned his wife in a ‘frenzied’ attack after she asked him to move out because he was suffering from coronavirus, a court heard today. Hussein Egal, 66, allegedly murdered 57-year-old Maryan Ismail at their flat in Edmonton, north London, during the first lockdown on April 6 last year. The Old Bailey was told he used a variety of household items including a table leg and ladder to inflict horrific injuries during the brutal attack. Egal has admitted carrying out the killing but denies it was murder. On Wednesday, prosecutor Allison Hunter QC described the scene at the victim’s home in Edmonton, north London. She told jurors it was a ‘brutal, frenzied, sustained attack involving the use of a hammer, a knife or knives, pots and pans, a table leg and a ladder plunged repeatedly into her back, chest, legs and head’. Mrs Ismail, a school cleaner, was found partially naked on the floor of the blood-splattered lounge. Jurors heard an examination identified 68 sites of injuries all over her body. They included multiple slash and stab wounds to her face, head and the entire length of her body, Ms Hunter said.

The Somalian defendant had offered a number of explanations for the killing. Ms Hunter said: ‘Over the course of the investigation he has offered a number of suggested explanations for why and how. ‘To the concierge who called the police, he said he hit her over the head with something the night before. ‘To the officer escorting him out of the police van on arrival at the police station, he said that a thief or thieves stole money while he was in Tottenham High Road and fraudulently used his bank cards, and they should be traced and found because they were the cause of him killing his wife. ‘To that same officer, minutes later, he said that his wife had threatened him that he must leave her accommodation because he was – he says – suffering from Covid-19, and he had said to her “I will kill you first” and so he had.

‘Later, through a statement prepared by a legal advisor and prior to interview by police, he said that he was delusional as a result of mental illness he claimed to have suffered years ago.’ He also alleged that his wife had attacked him with a table leg and he had defended himself, the court heard. But Ms Hunter told jurors Egal demonstrated no symptoms of Covid-19 and had not a single defensive injury. Hussein Egal denies murder (Picture: Central News) The prosecutor rejected his claim to have been mentally ill at the time. Egal washed a meat cleaver used in the attack, disposed of his wife’s mobile phone and visited the bank to transfer money to his daughter in Somalia, the court was told. Ms Hunter said it could only have been Egal’s intention to ‘cause her the most serious harm imaginable’. She added: ‘His motive is something only he knows.’ Ms Hunter said the attack ‘bore all the hallmarks of temper and rage’.

Mike Sonko faces terror charges in evening court session

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in the dock on February 3, 2021.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Wednesday taken to Kahawa West Law Courts to face terrorism charges. The court, which had closed for the day, reopened to hear a request by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who were seeking to hold him for 30 days. Sonko was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Diana Mochache. He is accused of recruiting a militia group that disrupted peace and stability in the country. Earlier today, his lawyer – Dr John Khaminwa – had claimed that the ex-county boss was transferred to Kamiti Maximum Prison from Gigiri police station. The veteran criminal lawyer said the transfer was contrary to a court order that the dethroned governor should be detained in Gigiri until Thursday when he returns to the Kiambu Law Courts for a bail ruling. On Tuesday morning, Sonko denied all 12 charges levelled against him. He was charged with assault, robbery with violence and destruction of property linked to alleged forced entry into a property in Buru Buru estate back in 2019. He is accused of assaulting a Mr Alex Kioko, thereby occasioning him bodily harm. He is also accused, along with others not before court, of assaulting Mr Musyoki Kavunda and John Mungai Wanjiru at the same property. He appeared before Kiambu senior principal magistrate Stella Ataambo. –