Naivasha lady celebrating EPL goal allegedly pushed to death by frustrated fan

On Wednesday, February 28, the local dailies covered many topics, the newfound camaraderie between President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga getting prominence in the pages.

Front pages of The Standard and Taifa Leo Newspapers
Source: UGC

One of the dailies highlighted a tragic happening in which a woman following an English Premier League match was attacked by an aggrieved fan.

1. The Star

The Star reported on the tragic death of a female soccer fan in Karagita, Naivasha.

She was in the company of another woman while following an EPL match before the tragedy befell.

The woman celebrated a goal irking her friend who allegedly pushed her on the floor, losing her consciousness after the fall.

The Star reports that the injured soccer fanatic was rushed to the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital where she was pronounced dead, this as the suspect presented herself to police.

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“The suspect accused the deceased of over-celebrating and this led to an altercation in which the latter was pushed and fell on the floor,” a witness confided in The Star.

Naivasha OCPD Stephen Kirui said the suspect was in custody and would be arraigned once investigations were through.

“The incident was not intentional as the suspect just pushed the other woman who fell and died but she will definitely be charged in court,” he said.

2. Daily Nation

The daily reported on the newfound friendship between President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The president is hopeful that his political foe-turned-ally will succeed in his bid for the African Union Commission chairmanship.

Raila declared his bid on February 15.

Speaking in Homa Bay county, one of Raila’s political bases, on Tuesday, February 15, Ruto revealed that it had been his want to see all compatriots succeed in their leadership ventures.

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While appreciating that in Kenya there exists political diversity, the president underscored that the identity of belonging to one nation supersedes all the differences not only in politics but also in culture and other important aspects.

“Perhaps I’m the only presidential candidate in the independent Kenya who campaigned and slept here in Homa Bay. And there are things I told you we will plan and no one will be left behind. You thought I was joking but now you can see. We pray that it goes through. We want everyone to win because you don’t win by making others lose. We belong to one country and are one people,” said Ruto.

Ruto spoke a day after he and Raila were hosted by President Yoweri Museveni.

The agenda mainly was Raila’s African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship candidature.

Ruto and Museveni vowed to back the former prime minister’s bid to succeed Moussa Faki at the helm of the AUC by March 2025.

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While announcing his candidature, Raila explained that he would bank on his rich experience to lobby the heads of state and government voting in the AU Assembly.

He revealed he had made extensive consultations before the move.

Raila will need support either by consensus or at least a two-thirds majority vote by member states represented by their heads.

The former prime minister served as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development for five years between 2018 and 2023.

The AUC Commission is composed of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and commissioners, plus staff.

The Assembly which comprises heads of state and government elects the chairperson and their deputy.

The Executive Council elects the commissioners, who are appointed by the Assembly.

The commission members’ terms are for four years, renewable once.

3. The Standard

The publication spared space for the anguish faced by students making applications for tertiary education through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

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Payments to the system have been having challenges, with some applicants making erroneous double payments.

The Ministry of Education had admitted to technical hitches in the application portal.

In a statement, KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Wahome said that the portal will remain accessible until all targeted students submit their applications.

The applications will be processed once all candidates submit applications.

“The processing of applications for placement will start once KUCCPS is sure all applicants have submitted their course choices based on the targeted number of students. Therefore, no one will be disadvantaged based on the time or day they made their applications,” read the statement in part.

The state corporation also informed the students of two revision opportunities should they fail to be placed in the courses they selected and those who will not have applied.

KUCCPS further indicated that the payment for the application has been migrated to the government’s platform, eCitizen, urging applicants to be careful and avoid double payments, as validation takes longer, compared to the previous method.

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“Since the payments for Government services have been migrated to the eCitizen platform, the process of payment validation for the KUCCPS application is longer than before. Applicants are advised to avoid double payments,” added the statement.

4. Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper reported on Kevin Kang’ethe’s case weeks after he was re-arrested.

Kang’ethe is wanted in the United States (US) to face a murder charge.

He is accused of killing his lover, 30-year-old Margaret Mbitu.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) told the court that it was ready to proceed with the extradition hearing, having already served Kang’ethe’s lawyers with a copy of the documents.

The hearing would however be stalled after Kang’ethe dropped his lawyers.


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