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Kenyan woman charged with gruesome murder in Ireland

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  • The victim's mutilated body was discovered at a rented house in Tudor Lawns on Thursday.
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A Kenyan woman was last week arrested by police in Dublin, Ireland for reportedly stabbing to death a Malawian man.

Ms Grace Miano, 50, was on Sunday charged with the murder of Limbani Mzoma, 27, after his body was found with several stab wounds in an apartment at South Co, Dublin.

According to Dublin Live, autopsy report revealed that some of the victim’s body parts including his private parts and eyelids were hacked off during the violent attack.

The mutilated body was discovered at a rented house in Tudor Lawns on Thursday.

However, while she lived i n the high-end rented house, the court heard, Ms Miano survived off social welfare. The nature of the relationship between the suspect and the victim is not known.

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Ms Miano made no comment when she was charged at Dublin District Court but smiled and waved at television cameramen as she arrived in court.

The defendant, who wore a blonde wig in court, slumped forward in her seat before the hearing started and at one stage was seen praying.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Dunphy told Judge Grainne Malone that his client, who has been living in Ireland for a number of years, wanted a psychiatric assessment carried out.

He said Ms Miano was also requesting medical attention, as she had complained of pains in her head and leg while in custody.

However, Justice Mailone, who heard the case on Sunday, declined to grant Ms Miano’s request, saying she lacked authority.

Instead, the judge said the decision on Ms Miano’s re quest lay with prison officials.

She was remanded in custody and is set to appear before Dún Laoghaire District Court on Friday.

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Friend of Kenya set to take charge of US House panel

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  • The 65-year-old Democrat who represents a Los Angeles district travelled with Barack Obama on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland in 2015.
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday’s US midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years.
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The Democratic Party’s takeover of the US House of Representatives will likely result in an African-American woman becoming chair of the chamber’s Africa policy subcommittee.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, who is projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday’s US midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years.

The 65-year-old Democrat who represents a Los Angeles dist rict travelled with Barack Obama on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland in 2015.

Ms Bass was also co-leader of a National Democratic Institute team that monitored Kenya’s August 2017 presidential election.

She praised what initially appeared to be a peaceful, credible exercise in democratic decision-making, saluting the large numbers of Kenyans who waited patiently to cast their ballots.

“I’d give anything to have a turnout like that back home,” Congresswoman Bass said following what would prove to be the first of two Kenyan presidential elections last year.

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Her expected takeover of the top post of the House’s Africa panel will probably not result, however, in major shifts in US policy.

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Congressman Chris Smith, the Republican who has headed the Africa subc ommittee, opposed President Trump’s efforts to slash spending on US aid to Africa.

“The president proposes; Congress disposes,” Mr Smith told a Trump administration official at a subcommittee hearing last year. “Congress will make sure we get humanitarian assistance to where we need it most.”

Mr Smith has taken a keen interest in African affairs, regularly convening hearings on conflicts and policy initiatives.

His approach reflects a longstanding Republican-Democratic congressional consensus on Africa issues that has not been eroded by Mr Trump’s indifference or occasional belligerence toward the continent.

But Congresswoman Bass may adopt a more confrontational tone in her subcommittee’s dealings with Mr Trump’s Africa team.

At a subcommittee hearing last year, she lamented the policy positions that two veteran State Department diplomats had been required to present as representatives of the Trump administration.

“I know you ha ve to support this budget, and it must be very painful because it's just filled with contradictions,” Congresswoman Bass told the officials in regard to Mr Trump’s proposals for steep reductions in funding for African programmes.

“This budget does not reflect your illustrious careers, and I'm sorry you have to be put in a position to defend it,” Ms Bass added.

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    Kenya National Chess Championship set for December

    Kenya National Chess Championship set for December By Otieno Wandera: 164 Wednesday, November 7th 2018 at 10:13 GMT +3 | Sports

    Kenya National Chess Championship will be held from December 12 to 16th [Courtesy]

    The 40th edition of the Kenya National Chess Championship will be held from December 12 to 16th at Parklands Sports Club.

    The five tournament is the climax of Chess Kenya’s activity for 2018 and is most anticipated in their calendar.

    This year’s event has a record Sh400,000 prize money for the winners and is therefore expected to provide fierce competition.

    There are a total of ten prizes in Open section with the winner walking away with Sh. 100,000. The ladies will play in their own separate cate gory and will also have the same number of winners as in Open section. Other prizes will be awarded to best player rated under 1600 Elo, under 1400 Elo and best juniors under the age of 20 years (a boy and a girl).

    The reigning National Champion Benjamin Magana is expected to face stiff competition from his rivals who have been training for the event since June.

    The main opposition will mostly come from his teammate Tactician Joseph Methu, Gohil Mehul and Jackson Kamau. Other contenders in open section include Githinji Hinga,Dr. Victor Ngani, Steve Ouma and Nathan Ateka.

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    The reigning ladies champion Joyce Nyaruai is expected to face an uphill task to defend the title. This year’s performance puts two new kids on the block ahead of her in many top rated tournament. Sasha Mwongeli from Technical University of Kenya has been on the rise having staged the best performance during world Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia with 7/8 score in her debut.

    She was awarded the coveted woman FIDE master title. The other is Lucy Wanjiru from University of Nairobi who not only score well at World Olympiad in her debut but also is the top lady currently in the league. Other top contenders in the ladies category include Gloria Jumba (KCB) and Daphne Mwikali (Equity Bank)

    The tournament will also be used to select a five player team, Both Men and Ladies, for next year’s All Africa games to be held in October in Morocco. The national championship will act as the first phase of selection process where top 20 players will proceed to second phase.

    The tournament will also be used to select top under 20 Juniors to represent Kenya in Africa Junior Chess Championship to be held in Uganda from December 28th to January 4 ,2019. The junior, a boy and a girl will be fully sponsored to battle out with Africa finest ch ess players to qualify for world junior championship 2019.

    “We are expecting very huge turn up this year since we have increased prize fund. There is also huge interest to qualify for All Africa Games and this will make one of the toughest event this year. Chess Kenya is looking forward to make this event the biggest on its calendar and in future,” said Benard Wanjala, Chess Kenya President

    The tournament will run for nine rounds. Each player will be given 90 minutes plus 30 seconds each game. Registration deadline is December 10 with participants in the open category paying Sh1,500 while Juniors and ladies will pay Sh1,000 each.

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    Kenya National Chess Championship set for December

    Kenya National Chess Championship set for December By Otieno Wandera: 164 Wednesday, November 7th 2018 at 10:13 GMT +3 | Sports

    Kenya National Chess Championship will be held from December 12 to 16th [Courtesy]

    The 40th edition of the Kenya National Chess Championship will be held from December 12 to 16th at Parklands Sports Club.

    The five tournament is the climax of Chess Kenya’s activity for 2018 and is most anticipated in their calendar.

    This year’s event has a record Sh400,000 prize money for the winners and is therefore expected to provide fierce competition.

    There are a total of ten prizes in Open section with the winner walking away with Sh. 100,000. The ladies will play in their own separate cate gory and will also have the same number of winners as in Open section. Other prizes will be awarded to best player rated under 1600 Elo, under 1400 Elo and best juniors under the age of 20 years (a boy and a girl).

    The reigning National Champion Benjamin Magana is expected to face stiff competition from his rivals who have been training for the event since June.

    The main opposition will mostly come from his teammate Tactician Joseph Methu, Gohil Mehul and Jackson Kamau. Other contenders in open section include Githinji Hinga,Dr. Victor Ngani, Steve Ouma and Nathan Ateka.

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    The reigning ladies champion Joyce Nyaruai is expected to face an uphill task to defend the title. This year’s performance puts two new kids on the block ahead of her in many top rated tournament. Sasha Mwongeli from Technical University of Kenya has been on the rise having staged the best performance during world Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia with 7/8 score in her debut.

    She was awarded the coveted woman FIDE master title. The other is Lucy Wanjiru from University of Nairobi who not only score well at World Olympiad in her debut but also is the top lady currently in the league. Other top contenders in the ladies category include Gloria Jumba (KCB) and Daphne Mwikali (Equity Bank)

    The tournament will also be used to select a five player team, Both Men and Ladies, for next year’s All Africa games to be held in October in Morocco. The national championship will act as the first phase of selection process where top 20 players will proceed to second phase.

    The tournament will also be used to select top under 20 Juniors to represent Kenya in Africa Junior Chess Championship to be held in Uganda from December 28th to January 4 ,2019. The junior, a boy and a girl will be fully sponsored to battle out with Africa finest ch ess players to qualify for world junior championship 2019.

    “We are expecting very huge turn up this year since we have increased prize fund. There is also huge interest to qualify for All Africa Games and this will make one of the toughest event this year. Chess Kenya is looking forward to make this event the biggest on its calendar and in future,” said Benard Wanjala, Chess Kenya President

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    Kenyan court orders mediation to solve Anglican homosexuality dispute

    NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) â€" A long-running dispute over three Anglican clergymen accused of homosexuality will be resolved through mediation, a court here ordered last week.

    The three had sued Bishop Joseph Kagunda of the Mount Kenya West diocese in the High Court in Nyeri, challenging their 2015 suspensions over allegations that they were engaging in homosexual relationships and encouraging homosexuality among the church’s youth. They have denied all charges.

    But last month, after a nearly three-year court battle, Justice Abigail Mshila of the Nyeri High Court ordered the parties to settle their disagreement by meeting with a mutually agreed-upon mediator. It is the first time mediation has been used to resolve a case of this kind.

    “This is what we have been looking for,” the bishop told Religion News Service in a telephone interview on Oct. 26. “When we are in the courts, we cannot respect each other, but when we sit at the table, we come up with a way of working together. We are one people. When we sit at the table, we can start a new journey together.”

    Kenya, in red, located in eastern Africa. Map courtesy of Creative Commons

    Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, as it is in many other African countries, though a lawsuit seeking to lift the ban on gay sex is currently awaiting a ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court. For now, convictions can draw up to 14 years in prison.

    A majority of Kenyans also frown at homosexuality, and LGBT people are frequently threatened. Anglican church leaders here hold that same-sex relationships contradict God’s teachings.

    The trouble in the Mount Kenya West diocese began in 2015, when a young churchgoer came forward seeking prayers because, he alleged, he had been lured into an affair with one of the priests. An investigation ordered by the bishop eventually implicated five clergymen.

    Three of them â€" the Rev. Paul Warui, the Rev. James Maina and Archdeacon John Gachau, a priest who oversaw one of Mount Kenya West’s diocesan precincts â€" challenged their suspensions in court. The other two settled the dispute out of court and were readmitted as priests.

    In October 2017, the court, citing a lack of evidence against the three, ordered their reinstatement and redeployment. The diocese was also ordered to pay the priests â€" who had not been receiving their pay since the suspension â€" a total of 6.8 million Kenya shillings, or about $68,000, for damage to their reputations.

    But when the priests and the archdeacon were deployed to new parishes in July after the court orders, the congregations blocked the priests’ entry into the churches and forced them to flee.

    At the peak of the disturbance, Kenya’s Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapi t called a special gathering at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Nyeri, where he called for unity but stressed that the bishop could not force the priests on the congregations.

    “A bishop cannot force a priest to minister to a certain congregation if he is rejected. The church followers have the right to work with a church minister they relate with accordingly,” Kenyan local press quoted Ole Sapit as saying in July.

    Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit speaks in Nairobi on May 19, 2016. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

    The priests say they welcome the latest attempt to resolve the impasse through mediation, convinced that their concerns will be addressed and their names cleared.

    “These were false allegations, but we have to look at the bigger picture in relation to the church fellowship,” said Warui. “It was not our intention to drag the church into court , but attempts to reach the church administration had proved impossible.”

    Maina said, “It has cost the church in a big way. Its dignity has been lowered, but I think when we sit with the bishop, justice will be served. I think we will also come to an agreement.”

    According to Kagunda, if the issues had been handled in the church and not the secular courts, the people would have listened.

    “It would be my joy to get back my people,” Kagunda said, referring to the priests. “We have no interest in fighting anyone. It is my joy to see them come back to the flock.”

    This story is available for republication.Source: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya