From Akothee to Hussein Mohamed: Top 10 most read stories of 2019
The top ten most read stories of 2019 on Citizen Digital are:
February 23: Kenya Power Company had announced interruption in electricity supply across the country saying the interruption was to allow for maintenance, upgrade of power lines to the network, connection of new customers and replacement of power lines.
May 13: Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i announced that the government would not extend the deadline for the Huduma Namba mass registration exercise. According to him, 31 million Kenyans had registered on the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS).
In his testimony on April 9, Naftali Njahi Kinuthia claimed he had invested money and emotions but his love wasn’t reciprocated as per his expectations. He was denied bail and remained in police custody.
The tycoon broke his silence over claims on social media that he was to deliver a jet to Eliud Kipchoge after the INEOS Challenge win. He lauded the marathoner for making Kenya proud but revealed that the post on Twitter was not from him.
Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange revealed conversations he had with Bob Collymore before his demise. “…he had been told by his doctors not to make any long-term plans; in fact he was told if he makes it past July he’ll be lucky. So he knew. I have never seen anyone prepared for death like I did this man. He kept saying ‘I’ve lived a good life, I have some regrets, it’s not a perfect life…nobody’s perfect, but I’m ready now.’’ Koinange said.
Akothee caused a stir at Parliament buildings after showing up in attire that was deemed inappropriate. She had a meeting with nominated MP David Sankok but the Sergeant-at-Arms declined to allow her inside the premises since she was dressed in a mini-skirt. A confrontation ensued but after two female MPs intervened, Akothee agreed to cover the skirt with a leso.
Albert Mwangi, who was in his 50s, struck his wife to death with a blunt object before ingesting a poisonous substance and hanging himself at their home in Kiambu following an alleged prolonged domestic dispute. In a suicide note addressed to his four children, Albert painted an image of a sour and rocky marriage with his wife Milcah Mwangi, a businesswoman who was in her late 40s.
On October 4, the top TV show host announced that he would be leaving Citizen TV after a 10-year stint. He had been hosting the News Night show every Tuesday. “I have decided to take a break after October In Sha Allah to concentrate on other matters. Loved the fans, the critics and everything in between. See you soon,” he said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that machine-readable passports would expire on August 31, 2019. However, the order was rescinded after it caused a scramble and last-minute rush for the new e-passports ahead of the deadline. President Uhuru Kenyatta then extended the deadline for application of the new e-passport to March 1, 2020 for all Kenyans.
Government Spokesperson Rtd. Col. Cyrus Oguna revealed that those who may have accidentally given wrong information would be contacted when the mass registration deadline closes. “So you may have registered, yes, but in the process of cleaning data, then you’re found to have either given the wrong I.D. number or the wrong number of your birth certificate, then they will register afresh.”
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