Classic Countdown

Today we sample music from the year that Nineteen hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City in the U.S

1.Backstreet Boys – Drowning

2. Cece Winans

3. Destiny’s Child –  Brown Eyes

4. Samantha Mumba – I Don’t Need You To Tell Me I’m Pretty

5. Case – Missing You

 

 

 

Oscar Pistorius Awaits Court Ruling To Determine His Fate

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ house arrest might be revoked and he be taken back to prison if the South african Supreme Court of Appeal finalizes a decision on whether to overturn a lower court’s manslaughter conviction and finding the Paralympian guilty of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Paul Myburgh, registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeal, told The Associated Press on Monday that no date for the ruling has been announced.

A ruling on the case is expected this week, citing unnamed court officials. Pistorius, 29, was released from jail on October 19 after serving a year in prison and is under house arrest.

Prosecutors say Pistorius shot Steenkamp during an argument on Valentine’s Day 2013. The defense says Pistorius killed Steenkamp by mistake, thinking an intruder was in his house.

Woman Claims Juja MP Made Her Pregnant

Juja member of parliament Francis Munyua Waititu, popularly known as Wakapee, has been linked to a fresh sex scandal, barely six months after he quietly settled another one.

A 25-year-old Mpesa attendant on Tuesday night reported to the Kasarani police station that she had received death threats after she declined a proposal by the MP that she procures an abortion.

Martha Wanjiru Wahome told the police she had received the threats on July 29, just hours after she rejected a proposal by the MP to terminate her now four months’ pregnancy.

Wanjiru said she had received calls and text messages warning her that the Mungiki would attack her if she failed to do “as agreed with mheshimiwa”.

The woman claims the MP impregnated her but fled after she informed him that she was pregnant.

Wanjiru told investigators that the caller, who hid the mobile phone number, warned her of dire consequences if she failed to procure an abortion.

She said the caller was not the MP and that he identified himself as a member of the Mungiki sect.

She said that the the same day, Wakapee had sent her Sh20,000 through Mpesa for the abortion but she declined.

Yesterday, Wanjiru in an interview with The Star maintained that she would not abort but was determined to have the MP take care of their baby once she gives birth next January.

She has since moved housed after receiving the death threats and recorded a statement at the Kasarani CID offices on Tuesday, detailing her 13-month secret love life with the MP.

She revealed that she met the MP at a bus stop on Thika Road when the MP who was driving a Prado stopped and introduced himself as a doctor from Kenyatta National Hospital.

They exchanged numbers and hence the start of their relationship during which the MP promised to marry Wanjiru as a second wife and visit her rural home in November. All was well until she became pregnant.

Yesterday, the MP was unavailable for comment. He texted the Star, saying that he was in Parliament.

-The Star

Kenya rejects bail bid by ‘ivory kingpin’

An alleged Kenyan ivory smuggler was refused bail by a Mombasa court Monday in a reversal of an earlier decision granting his release on medical grounds.

Feisal Mohamed Ali was arrested in Tanzania in December and extradited to Kenya to face trial for possession of and dealing in elephant tusks weighing more than two tonnes — equivalent to at least 114 slaughtered elephants and worth an estimated $4.5 million (4.2 million euros).

A magistrate in the port city of Mombasa ordered Ali’s release on a 10 million shilling ($110,000, 102,000 euro) bond in mid-March prompting angry protests from conservationists and a High Court appeal by state prosecutors.

On Monday High Court Justice Martin Muya blocked the release of Ali, who had remained in custody during the appeal process.

“The Director of Public Prosecutions has proved (its case) on the balance of probability,” said Muya, agreeing with prosecutor Alexander Muteti, who had argued that Ali was a flight risk.

“The issue of sickness of the respondent and urgent treatment raised by the defence counsel can be handled by the state while he remains in custody,” he added, rejecting defence claims that Ali should be released on medical grounds.

Prosecutors allege that Ali is a key player in an organised crime network stretching from African parks to Asian markets, where demand for ivory is high. Before his arrest Ali figured on an Interpol “Most Wanted” list of suspects linked to crimes against the environment.

Photo Credits : AFP

Moses Kuria’s case to be settled out of court

As reported in The Star – 

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria will not be prosecuted over the hate messages he allegedly posted on his Facebook page in 2014.

The matter will instead be settled in an out of court conciliatory meeting on Monday, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission said.

“Whereas the commission is mandated to promote conciliation and similar forms of dispute resolution mechanism in order to secure and enhance ethnic and racial harmony and peace in the country, the court has granted leave to pursue an out of court settlement in the matter…

“You are required at the commission’s offices at KMA Centre, 6th floor, Mara Road, Upper Hill, on the 12th January 2015, for purposes of a conciliatory meeting,” a letter to Law Society of Kenya CEO Apollo Mboya said.

NCIC and LSK had recommended in May last year that Kuria face charges over the messages.

They told Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko that the comments incited the public to violence against a specific community with the potential of eliciting chaos in the country.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC case dropped

The case against President Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC has been dropped.

The prosecution has filed an application at the Hague based court to formally withdraw charges facing him, saying the evidence against him cannot be sustained.

The eventual collapse of the case follows a one week ultimatum issued by the ICC to the prosecutor to to bring evidence against him or drop the charges altogether.

The court’s judges said it needed to indicate within a week whether it would withdraw charges or that the “evidentiary basis has improved to a degree which would justify proceeding to trial”.

The President immediately posted an update to his Twitter handle saying he is pleased with the outcome of the case facing him.

Meanwhile thousands of Kenyans have congratulated him on his vindication.

This is the statement:

Bensouda statement