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Housing Finance Corporation Bank to pay woman Sh52m for illegal loan penalties



The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a woman to be paid Sh52.7 million by Housing Finance Corporation for irregular charges and penalties on a Sh3 million loan she took 22 years ago.

The apex court judges ruled that there was no constitutional question to be considered in the banks’ appeal against rulings in favour of Scholastica Nyaguthii.

Nyaguthii took the Sh3 million loan from Housing Finance in 1998. She charged her two properties, one of which was at Muthithi Gardens in Kiambu.

Two years later, she was retrenched. Unable to meet her obligations on the loan repayment, she asked the bank to sell one of her houses.

The bank sold it for Sh3.5 million and took the money as part of her repayment for the loan. When she still couldn’t service the loan, the bank sold the house at Muthithi Gardens for Sh16 million to recover the remainder of the loan.

She moved to the High Court, saying the house was undervalued by half its actual worth of Sh32 million. Nyaguthii also argued that the bank had imposed high interest rates on the loan that made it difficult for her to repay.

She said that even after she moved to the US, her family was harassed by the officers of the bank, who placed the house for sale, yet she had already overpaid her loan.

Nyaguthii told the court that by 2010, she had paid Sh8.4 million, but Housing Finance was still demanding an additional Sh7.3 million from her.

The High Court ruled in her favour saying there was no justification in any society that one borrows Sh3 million and pays Sh18 million.”

Justice Eric Ogola ruled that HF levied irregular charges on the loan and that it was only legally allowed to demand a maximum of Sh6 million going by the in duplum rule.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her



Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania



The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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