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US court postpones Ibrahim Akasha sentencing to December



A US court on Friday postponed the sentencing of confessed international drug trafficker Ibrahim Akasha.
The Kenyan citizen may now have to wait until December 6 to know his fate. Ibrahim has been held for nearly three years in New York detention centres.
His sentencing will follow that of his elder brother Baktash Akasha, who was handed a 25-year jail term and a fine of Sh10 million by Presiding Judge Victor Marrero at the US district court in New York.
Ibrahim, 31, and Baktash, 44, had been held in US prisons before they both pleaded guilty to the charges.
While Ibrahim was held at Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan, New York, Baktash was 15 kilometres away in Metropolitan Detention Centre, Brooklyn.
The two were later re-united “for emotional support” after a separation order against them was lifted.
From Ibrahim’s pleadings, it emerged that although drugs trade and jail united them, deep within he hated his elder brother.
He told court Baktash was their father’s favourite and claimed he was often bullied at home.
“Baktash participated in bullying Ibrahim, pulling down his pants in public and spanking him. Baktash also made it clear he would hurt Ibrahim if he did not do as he wished,” the court heard.
Ibrahim claimed he was unaware his father was a drug trafficker. He told court he did not know the senior Akasha, who was killed in 2000 in Amsterdam, was a drug dealer.
The court heard that after senior Akasha’s death, his family split further with claims of ill treatment of some members, according to Ibrahim.
He said there were days his step mothers would deny them water and food.
Ibrahim also said his father was violent and encouraged the children of his two other wives to mistreat him and his mother.

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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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