Stephen Ntutu, four Narok MPs released on half a million personal bond each

Narok Senator Stephen OLe Ntutu and four MPs Johana Ngeno(EmurwaDikir), Moitalel Kenta(Narok North), KoreiLemein(Narok South) and Patrick Ntutu(Narok West) have been released on a personal bond of half a million shillings each.

The five who spent their night at Muthaiga Police cells Wednesday night were arraigned in Milimani court on Thursday for charges of incitement. This was in connection with the Monday chaos in Narok which two people died and several others injured. Angry Narok residents blocked the road, Thursday morning demanding for their release. Their case will be mentioned on 13th February 2015.

Kenny G tweets then deletes about joining Hong Kong protests

American jazz musician Kenny G has angered internet commentators in Hong Kong by deleting a social media posting publicizing his visit to a pro-democracy protest camp.

He also said in a statement, posted to his Facebook page and official Twitter feed, that he did not support the demonstrators.

Commentators interpret his comments as an effort to avoid a political scandal, which could potentially have cut off access to an extremely large, lucrative market.

The saxophonist, whose real name is Kenny Gorelick, is an unlikely superstar in mainland China.

His smooth jazzy tunes, including the best-selling Songbird and Going Home, are routinely played in airports, hotels and shopping malls.

On Wednesday, the musician paid a visit to the main protest site in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong.

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How the humble umbrella became a Hong Kong protest symbol

When the tear gas canisters were opened and the smoke billowed out, Hong Kong’s demonstrators had only their umbrellas to protect themselves. They had been brought along because the heat of the sun was so severe at the height of the day.

Ever since then images and designs of umbrellas have been posted as a mark of solidarity. The “umbrella revolution” has become a protest art phenomenon online.

Along with a yellow ribbon, it has become an unofficial icon of Hong Kong’s street protests.

When it rains…

Open your umbrellas, is the advice Hong Kong protesters have been spreading. The image of demonstrators in a cloud holding up their umbrellas against the pepper spray or tear gas moved many on social media to comment.

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Thika Road still impassable on second day of protests

Transport along Thika Highway was paralyzed for the second day running on Wednesday as Githurai residents continued their protests.

Led by matatu operators, the residents blocked the road at Githurai underpass demanding the release of police Constable Titus Musila who is accused of murder.

The protestors blocked both sides of the road, for the better part of Tuesday, forcing motorists to seek alternative routes into and out of Nairobi.

Police had to use tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd that pelted vehicles with stones.

Musila was on Friday last week charged with the murder of a suspect who was shot dead in 2013.

He is also being investigated by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) over the killing of another suspect.

The protesters however claim that his actions have helped to reduce crime in Githurai and Zimmerman areas.