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Kenya has won the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after a 2-0 win over Sudan in the final at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.Harambee Stars skipper, Allan Wanga, was the host nation’s hero, after he scored in each half to bring Kenya the regional trophy for the first time since 2002.It came on the day Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence from British rule. It was also the first piece of silverware for coach Adel Amrouche since he took over in February.Wanga, the AFC Leopards forward, had already scored one goal in the tournament before the final.He started his scoring mission against Sudan in the 35th minute when he nodded in a well-taken David Owino cross to give the Sudan goalkeeper Abdelrahman Ali no chance.Sudan, and the tournament’s top scorer Ibrahim Salah, continued to torment the Kenyan defence, but to no avail. Cheered on by the home fans, Wanga made it 2-0 in the 69th minute with a good ground shot.”I am so happy to score three goals in the tournament and lead Harambee Stars to victory,” Wanga told reporters after the final.It had taken Kenya 30 years to win the Cecafa trophy on their home soil, a point Kenya’s coach was well aware of.”This is great and I praise the players for the job well done,” said Amrouche.Sudan Coach Mubarak Suliman said it was not easy playing the host in the final, which was delayed for more than two hours.”The delay at the hotel also disorganised us,” said Suliman.Earlier, Zambia clinched third place after their goalkeeper Joshua Titima saved three penalties to hand the Chipolopolo a 6-5 shootout win over Tanzania. The game was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes.Continue Reading
A Kenyan fan, unable to cope with Manchester United’s loss to Newcastle, committed suicide over the weekend.Police in Nairobi confirmed the incident today (Monday).John Macharia, 28, plunged to his death from a multi-storey apartment block in Nairobi after the Red Devils suffered a second home defeat in four days.Newcastle’s first win at Old Trafford since February 1972 means the reigning champions are now 13 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.”Macharia jumped from seventh floor of an apartment at Pipeline Estate after realising that his team Manchester United lost 1-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford and committed suicide,” said Nairobi’s County Police Commander Benson Kibui.Macharia’s death is reminiscent of the suicide by a Kenyan Arsenal fan in 2009. Suleiman Omondi, 29, was found hanging in his flat after the Gunners were trounced 3-1 by Manchester United in the second leg of a Champions League semi-final.Kibui urged football-obsessed Kenyan fans to support local teams rather than foreign clubs who do not have a link to the east African nation.”The football fans should enjoy the matches… but they should not commit suicide since life is very precious,” Kibui added.Continue Reading
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan leaves Abuja for South Africa today (Monday) to pay respect at a memorial service and state funeral for freedom icon Nelson Mandela.At the conclusion of the event in Pretoria on Wednesday, President Jonathan will leave for Nairobi to be a guest of honour at Kenya’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.As stated by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Reuben Abati, “President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja tomorrow (Monday) evening to join other world leaders in South Africa at events leading up to the burial of former President Nelson Mandela.””President Jonathan who will be accompanied by the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, will attend the Memorial Service for Dr. Mandela on Tuesday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.””The President will, in the company of other Heads of State and Government, also pay his last respects to Dr. Mandela at the anti-apartheid hero’s lying-in-state on Wednesday at the Union Building in Pretoria where he served as South Africa’s first democratically-elected President.””At the conclusion of the event in Pretoria on Wednesday, President Jonathan will leave for Nairobi to honour a long-standing invitation to be a guest of honour at Kenya’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.””President Jonathan will return to Abuja on Thursday, December 12, 2013.”Presidents, past and present, global figures and A-list celebrities made their way to South Africa today (Monday) to pay respects at a memorial service and state funeral for freedom icon, Nelson Mandela.As stated by SAPA, More than 80, 000 people will attend an impassioned, emotional tribute on Tuesday to the country’s inspirational first black president at the FNB stadium in Soweto, where he made his last major public appearance for the 2010 World Cup final.Continue Reading
But for a stroke of luck, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, would have been among the dead in the terror attack that took place at the Nairobi Westgate mall in Kenya last weekend.
Speaking at a press conference at the Freedom Park, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday in honour of the late Ghanaian poet, Professor Kofi Awoonor who died in the attack, Soyinka led a group of eminent Nigerian writers to condemn the Nairobi massacre. Soyinka, who stated.he, like Awoonor, was invited to the Storymoja/ Hay Literature Festival, stated.he couldn’t attend because of other pressing engagements he had elsewhere.
“My absence was particularly regrettable, because I had planned to make up for my failure to turn up for the immediate prior edition. Participant or absentee however, this is one edition we shall not soon forget,” stated.Soyinka.
The iconic writer said, considering his close relationship with Awoonor, he might have been at the same place with him and could have been shot as well. He said: “Kofi and I could have been splitting a bottle at that same watering hole in between events and at the end of each day.”
Condemning the use of religion to commit atrocities, Soyinka, who spoke on the theme, “Humanity and Against,” said: “Those who organised and carried out the outrage on innocent lives in Nairobi are carriers of the most lethal virus of corruption imaginable – corruption of the soul, corruption of the spirit, corruption of that animating humanistic essence that separates us from predatory beasts. I am no theologian of any religion, but I aver that these assailants delude themselves with vistas of paradise after life, that their delusion is born of the perverted reading of salvation and redemption.”
As the literary community mourned the deceased writer, Soyinka felt constrained to denounce his killers, who he described as “the virulent sub-species of humanity who bathe their hands in innocent blood.”
He noted further: “Only cowards turn deadly weapons against the unarmed, only the depraved glorify in, or justify the act. True warriors do not wage wars against the innocent. Profanity is the name given to the defilement of the sanctity of human life. We call on those who claim to exercise the authority of a fatwa to pronounce that very doom, with all its moral weight, upon those who engage in this serial violation of the right to life, life as a god-given possession that only the blasphemous dare contradict, and the godless wantonly curtail. This scalp that they have added to their collection was roof to a unique brain that a million of their kind can never replace.”
Lending his voice to the condemnation of the murder of Awoonor, renowned playwright, Professor JP Clark, stated.the late Ghanaian writer came across as a non-conformist during his encounter with him at a pan Africa literary conference in Kampala, Ugunda, in 1962.
Saddened by his death, Clark said: “I was in a state of shock to hear that Kofi Awoonor could go like that by random bullets in a country far off. It really shows the absurdity of life.” He advised all to do the best they can while alive.Continue Reading
Two Kenyan police officers have been killed in an attack on a security post near the Somali border, with the suspicion falling on the same armed group behind the deadly siege at a Nairobi mall which left scores dead.
The attack early on Thursday took place in the town of Mandera. Regional police chief Charlton Mureithi stated that in addition to the two police officers killed, three others were injured and 11 vehicles destroyed.
The attack came hours after the Somalia-based al-Shabab group threatened that violence would continue until Kenyan troops were withdrawn from Somalia.
The group’s leader, Ahmed Godane Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, warned the Kenyan public there was no way they could “withstand a war of attrition inside your own country”, in a statement posted on the internet late on Wednesday.
“Make your choice today and withdraw all your forces,…” Godane stated. “Otherwise be prepared for an abundance of blood that will be spilt in your country, economic downfall and displacement.”
Westgate crime scene
Meanwhile, forensic experts from around the world, including the United States, Britain and Germany, continued their work on Thursday at Nairobi’s Westgate mall, carrying out fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis, said police spokesperson Gatiria Mboroki. She said she had no details on what the experts had found so far in the bullet-scarred, scorched mall and that their work was expected to take a week.
“We don’t even know the final death toll. It might be days before we know,” Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reported from Nairobi. “This is a country in mourning.”
At least 18 foreigners are now known to have died after al-Shabab fighters attacked the mall last Saturday, firing from automatic weapons and throwing grenades. They took many shoppers hostage and the siege lasted several days.
In addition to those killed at the mall, another 175 people were injured, including more than 60 who remain hospitalised.
Morgue officials in Nairobi have been preparing for a large influx of bodies still in the mall. Officials stated that the shopping centre could hold dozens more bodies.
Authorities have said at least five al-Shabab attackers were killed and another 11 suspects have been taken into custody.
Washington is providing technical support and equipment to Kenyan security forces and medical responders, said US Ambassador Robert Godec. the United States is assisting the investigation to bring the attack’s organisers and perpetrators to justice, he said on Wednesday.Continue Reading