Reporter banned from attending a press conference at Raila’s home

A reporter from the Star newspaper was shocked yesterday when he was blocked from attending a press conference at the home of Cord leader Raila Odinga in Karen, Nairobi.

A policeman manning the gate informed the reporter that he had firm instructions not to allow anyone from the Star newspaper into the press conference.

“Let me do my job. I am under instructions that you stay out. Please allow other people to get in. You go out,” he said. Some family members were angered by a story published by the Star saying three licensed rifles, one licensed pistol and close to 20,000 bullets were found in the house of Fidel Odinga.

He died on Sunday morning.

-The Star

Woman banned from football matches for tearing quran

A footballer supporter who tore pages from the Koran will not be allowed to go to any football matches in England and Wales for the next three years.

Middlesbrough fan Julie Phillips, 51, received the ban after she ripped sections of a holy book when her team drew with Birmingham City 2-2 at their ground in December 2013.

Phillips, who said she was unaware it was a holy book, had already been prohibited from ever going back to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

She had previously been arrested for alleged racial abuse.

Phillips received the ban from the Teesside Magistrates’ Court at the behest of Cleveland Police after Birmingham Magistrates’ Court had found her culpable of racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

Phillips, who worked for Middlesbrough Council, has since lost her job