kenya’s top 10 stories that made headlines in 2018


The year 2018 began on high political temperatures following the disputed presidential elections in 2017.

Even as we remain hopeful and optimistic to welcome the year 2019, below are the news headlines that shocked Kenyans brought the whole nation to a standstill.

1. Raila Odinga ‘swearing in’

Raila Odinga ‘swearing in’

After days of anxiety and a postponement of Raila Odinga’s swearing in on December 12, 2017, the ODM leader finally took an ‘oath’ as the people’s president.

Holding a green Bible to his right arm and sandwiched by his former aide Miguna Miguna and Siaya Senator James Orengo, Raila recited his ‘oath of office’ before thousands of NASA supporters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on January 30, 2018.

The controversial 90-word long oath was administered by Ruaraka Member of Parliament (MP) TJ Kajwang and fiery lawyer Miguna Miguna.

2. Miguna Miguna deportation

Miguna Miguna deportation

Vocal lawyer Miguna Miguna was deported aboard a KLM flight on February 6, days after administering Raila Odinga’s oath at Uhuru Park Nairobi.

The Government said that Miguna violated provisions of section 33(1) and 43(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka claimed Miguna lost citizenship when he acquired a Canadian passport in 1988 after his application for a Kenyan one was denied on September 12, 1987.

3.  Uhuru-Raila handshake

Uhuru-Raila handshake

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga met in August at Harambee House and speaking after the meeting, the leaders stated that it was time to bury the hatchet.

Raila stated it was time to unite the nation as diversity had turned out to be a national curse.

His sentiments were echoed by President Uhuru who admitted that the country was greater than any individual.

Since then, political temperatures have gone down as the country continues to heal.

4.  Sharon Otieno murder

Sharon Otieno murder

Sharon Otieno’s body was found dumped in Kodero Forest, Homa Bay County in September. She was seven months pregnant at the time. Her body was found with stab wounds and preserved at the Oyugis Level Four Hospital in Oyugis Town.

A postmortem examination revealed she was strangled, stabbed eight times and possibly raped by her assailants. Her unborn baby was also stabbed.

Detectives then arrested people linked to the gory murder of Sharon as the scope of investigations widened.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s aide, Michael Oyamo, was arrested and later arraigned alongside eight other suspects at the Homa Bay Law Courts in connection with the murder.

Governor Obado was also apprehended after establishing enough evidence linking him to the murder of the student.

Fast forward to November, Governor Obado was released on a Sh500,000 bond or Sh 200,000 cash bail.

5.   Monica Kimani murder

Monica Kimani murder

The fiancé of TV journalist Jacque Maribe, Joseph Kuria Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, was arrested in connection with the murder of Ms Monica Kimani in Kilimani.

He was arrested as police could not corroborate his claim of being shot in the shoulder at Langata which he reported at Lang’ata Police Station.

28-year-old Monica Kimani was found dead in the apartment the same day she got back from South Sudan. Her brother found her lifeless body in the bath tub with her throat slit.

Maribe’s minimal connection with Monica’s murder and good conduct during the investigation period saved her from a long stay in custody as Wakiaga released her on Sh1 million cash bail. Jowie on the other hand was denied bail.

On Jowie’s release, Justice Wakiaga said his past record of military training, lack of known place of abode, possibility of fleeing the country, his mysterious lifestyle and the threat he possessed to witnesses informed his decision.

He ruled that Irungu depended on Maribe and had nothing of his own in the country to depend on.

“The picture that emerges from the prosecution evidence as set out in the case and the pre-bail report of the accused is that he is a male version of a slay queen and for lack of a better terminology, I will call a woman eater,” said Wakiaga.

Jowie was reportedly moved to the Kamiti Maximum Prison.

6.  Central Bank unveils Kenya’s new currency coins

Central Bank unveils Kenya’s new currency coins

President Uhuru Kenyatta launched new generation coins at the Central Bank of Kenya, Nairobi.

He also received a symbolic cheque of dividends on behalf of the government during the function on December 11/12/2108.

The new coins will be available in denominations of Sh1, Sh5, Sh10 and Sh20.

The visit was the first official one to the bank since President Uhuru Kenyatta took power in 2013 and most recent since 1984 when he visited the institution on personal business. 

7.  Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan

Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan

2018 has seen major shakeups in the major media houses in the country From poaching personalities introduction of new faces, nothing could beat Citizen TV’s genius idea to mash up Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan as new faces of the 7 pm prime time news after Kanze left for State House.

The two, who are married in real life, became the talk of the town as viewers were curious to know how the two would balance their work-life relationship.

8.  Kanze Dena’s Appointment to State House

Kanze Dena’s Appointment to State House

The former Citizen TV Swahili anchor, who had served in the newsroom for close to 16 years made headlines on October after President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed her for the enviable position of the official State House spokesperson and the head of the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU). Kanze became the epitome of inspiration for many young Kenyans, with the media highlighting her journey from a casual laborer who peeled potatoes to her being the face of State House.

9.  Jackie Maribe

Jackie Maribe

Topping the list was Citizen TV news anchor Jackie Maribe who found herself mentioned in the scandal surrounding Monica Kimani’s murder due to her involvement with the alleged killer, Joseph Irungu, her fiance.

In an interesting turn of event, Maribe reported Monica’s death days before she was arrested in regards to purportedly aiding the killer.

Later, her fiance was arrested in connection to the police report he filed on a gunshot wound which is believed he inflicted on himself. Maribe was later apprehended on charges of colluding with Irungu to conceal evidence.

While Maribe was later released on a cash bail though she is not completely off the hook as she is still expected to make appearances in court regarding the case. She was also restricted from reading the news to avoid intimidating witnesses.

After the incidence, every move the reporter made was closely monitored by the media who broke every news regarding her including her first public appearance.

10.  Demolitions in Nairobi

Demolitions in Nairobi. aka the green mamber

Upscale shopping malls, luxury hotel and high-end apartments were among thousands of properties earmarked for demolition.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in August asked land and property owners in the county to secure their valuables before demolitions.

Leading by example, Sonko pushed for the demolition of his own property, about one acre in Buru Buru, Nairobi.

Sonko reiterated he would not allow impunity to thrive under his watch citing that he would better be a one-term governor and leave a legacy.

About 4,000 buildings were earmarked for demolition in an operation to clear illegal structures from river banks in the county.

In June, the parliamentary committee on environment and natural resources identified Limuru Road, Lang’ata Road, Arboretum Road, Spring Valley, Globe Cinema Round-About, Riverside Drive, Westlands, Parklands, Fuata Nyayo estate in South B, Village market, Gem Suites in Riverside and Alina Villas in Spring Valley as some of the areas with developments sitting on river banks.

The regeneration exercise received Sh800 million for the 2018/19 financial year.

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    Jan 02. 2019

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