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JKUAT Students Stage Protests Over Tabitha Muthoni Stabbed to Death

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The students’ Union of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) have taken to the streets of Juja and its environs to protest against the killing of  incessant Tabitha Muthoni and killing of innocent students of the school.

The protests which came as a reaction to the death of a first-year student at the institution, Tabitha Muthoni, who was allegedly stabbed to death on Thursday night after she resisted thugs while walking together with a friend near Segal Hotel.

It was reported that they were ambushed by thugs who demanded their cellphones.

Meanwhile the management of JKUAT in a statement signed by the school vice chancellor Professor Victoria Wambui Ngumi, commiserated with the parents, colleagues and friends of the diseased.

“JKUAT management is deeply affected by the death of this young soul and shares its grief with the parents, her colleagues, friends and relatives of the late Tabitha. May her precious soul rest in peace,” 

While appealing to the Students’ union to be peaceful in their conducts, the management promised to do its part in bringing the perpetrator to book and curbing the menace.

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Northern Ireland: Police arrest two in connection with the murder of a journalist

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on Thursday, police said, as politicians in the divided British region united to condemn the attack.

McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.

“Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

Northern Ireland’s political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack.

In a joint statement, six parties said they were “united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Hundreds gathered in cities across Northern Ireland on Friday to hold vigils for McKee, who was also known as an activist for lesbian and gay rights.

Politicians around the world condemned the attack, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton saying he was “heartbroken.”

“We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress,” Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter.

The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks.

Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of “dissident” Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal. The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January.

Politicians in Northern Ireland have also warned that Britain’s plans to leave the European Union could also undermine the peace deal and that any return of restrictive infrastructure along the Irish-Northern Irish border would become targets for militants.

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the peace accord had to be preserved.

“The tragic murder of Lyra McKee is a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland,” he said.“SENSELESS”

Police said Thursday’s rioting began after a raid aimed at preventing attacks during Easter weekend.

Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, said in a statement on Friday that it understood McKee was killed accidentally by a “Republican volunteer.

McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of police.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday described the attack as “shocking and truly senseless.”

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Russia: U.S. investor Calvey released after being jailed for fraud.

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A Russian court released U.S. investor Michael Calvey on Thursday after two months in jail and placed him under house arrest, softening his treatment in a fraud case that has rattled the business community.

U.S. investor and founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group Michael Calvey, who was detained on suspicion of fraud, leaves the court after his hearing in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2019.

Calvey, founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group, was detained in February pending a trial on embezzlement charges that he denies and that he says are being used to pressure him in a corporate dispute over control of a Russian bank.

“Despite this corporate conflict that has led to criminal prosecution, I would like to underline what I have always said: I continue to believe in Russia’s investment potential,” Calvey said from a glass cage.

Dressed casually in jeans, the Wisconsin-born 51-year-old spoke to a packed courtroom in fluent, slightly accented Russian. He insisted that he posed no flight risk as it was a question of “honour” for him to restore a business reputation he made over almost 30 years working in Russia.

The court ruled to place him under house arrest until Saturday and investigators have called for the court at a hearing on Friday to extend the house arrest order until July 14.

Several prominent officials and businessmen had lobbied for the release of Calvey and other Baring Vostok executives detained with him, and had called their pre-trial incarceration unduly harsh.

Senior pro-business figures in Russia’s establishment say the case has had a chilling effect on the business climate that is already under pressure from Western sanctions, sluggish economic growth and rouble volatility.

In a gesture of support for the embattled equity group, Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund, told Reuters his organization plans to jointly invest with Baring Vostok in the next couple of months.

Dmitriev said he could not give further details, other than that the deal was in the technology sector and that the overall value of the joint investment would be under $100 million.

Prosecutors told the court they were happy for Calvey to be released from custody as he had three children, as well as property in Russia, and that several prominent businessmen had publicly vouched for him.

Baring Vostok, one of Russia’s oldest private equity groups, said it hoped that similar steps would also be made to release the fund’s other detained executives.

Baring Vostok partners Vagan Abgaryan and Philippe Delpal as well as investment director Ivan Zyuzin remain in detention.

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