Kenya replace Equatorial Guinea at Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

Football Kenya Federation (FKFF) has announced the Harambee Starlets have replaced Equatorial Guinea at the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The eight-team tournaments is set to kick off in Ghana on 17 November.

Two-time winners Equatorial Guinea beat Kenya 3-2 on aggregate in the final round of qualifying before the Kenyans protested over the eligibility of six players.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) upheld FKF;s protest over one player “Anette Jacky Messomo. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.”

The letter from Caf to Football Kenya Federation explained “the (Caf) Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya’s protest is upheld; A sanction of US$10,0000 is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018.”

It will be Kenya’s second appearance at the competition following their debut at the 2016 tournament in Cameroon.

 

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Kenya replace Equatorial Guinea at Women’s AFCON

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Football Kenya Federation (FKFF) has announced the Harambee Starlets have replaced Equatorial Guinea at the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The eight-team tournaments is set to kick off in Ghana on 17 November.

Two-time winners Equatorial Guinea beat Kenya 3-2 on aggregate in the final round of qualifying before the Kenyans protested over the eligibility of six players.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) upheld FKF;s protest over one player “Anette Jacky Messomo. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.”

The letter from Caf to Football Kenya Federation explained “the (Caf) Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya’s protest is upheld; A sanction of US$10,0000 is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018.”

It will be Kenya’s second appearance at the competition following their debut at the 2016 tournament in Cameroon.

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Letter from Africa: Kenya unveils biblical strategy to tackle corruption

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Kenyans have been praying for the country to overcome its many challenges

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu looks at the new strategy by the country’s anti-corruption body to use the Bible to deter theft of public funds.

You know you are in deep trouble when nothing else can save you except prayer.

That’s where Kenya is at the moment.

The country is sinking into deep debt, much of it the result of widespread mismanagement of public funds.

Corruption is eating us up alive, with new scandals emerging day after day.

And nothing is sacred, not even the water we need for life.

Problem ‘getting worse’

In parts of the capital, Nairobi, criminal cartels with alleged connections to some powerful people at the Nairobi county government are reportedly secretly disconnecting water supplies to whole residential estates.

This creates an artificial shortage, which they benefit from by selling water to the residents from their water trucks businesses.

That’s why I’m in prayer mode.

But it’s not the only reason.


Joseph Warungu:

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You might find it hard to prove officially that you gave birth to a Kenyan until you give birth to another child – called cash.


The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the country’s official body for fighting corruption, appears overwhelmed by the scale of the problem.

It has tried many things but nothing seems to be working.

Indeed the problem appears to be getting worse, according to the commission’s new national survey on corruption, which was published earlier this month.

The figure for those who paid bribes to receive government services has risen to 62%, up from 46% just two years ago.


Institutions where bribes were most commonly paid:

  • Local chiefs and village elders: 17% of respondents said they had paid a bribe
  • Police: 16%
  • Registrar of persons department: 10.5%
  • County health department: 7.6%
  • National ministry of lands: 6.1%

Source: Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission survey


One of the services said to be most prone to bribes was the collection of birth certificates.

So as a mother, although you may have carried a pregnancy for nine months and then given birth to a baby, the pain is not over.

You might find it hard to prove officially that you gave birth to a Kenyan until you give birth to another child – called cash.

And there’s yet another problem when it comes to reporting incidents of corruption.

‘Scared to report corruption’

According to the EACC’s survey, the police service was ranked first among government departments and agencies perceived to be most prone to corruption.

So you have nothing to drink at home because your water supply has been illegally disconnected.

You cannot be reconnected because the people behind your headache are well connected to the powers that be.

The police will also be unlikely to help you unless you give them “something to eat.”

You’re thirsty, they’re hungry and the nation is tired.

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Deputy President William Ruto said that the ruling party’s plan is anchored in the Bible

The EACC itself is fed up.

It wants to do something but Kenyans will not do anything.

According to its survey, 61% of the respondents have done nothing to support the fight against corruption and promote sound ethical standards in the country.

Why? Well, because they’re scared.

The survey says the majority of Kenyans do not report corruption and unethical behaviour for investigation, because they fear potential harassment and reprisal.

So running out of ideas for tackling this menace, the anti-corruption commission has turned to a new weapon – the Bible.

It recently launched the Bible Study Guide to enhance its fight against corruption, hoping this will make a difference in this supposedly God-fearing country.

The commission itself is led by retired Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, a man of God who knows his Bible very well.

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Retired Archbishop Eliud Wabukala leads the anti-corruption body

The EACC says that the Bible Study Guide is intended to help Kenyans “interact with the Bible and discover God’s position on corruption, and his direction on living a corruption-free life”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto appear to have had their own Bible study six years ago when they won their first election.

They said their policies came straight out of the holy book.

Mr Ruto recently reminded everyone that the governing Jubilee Party’s manifesto was anchored on biblical teachings, saying, “the commitment to deliver on our pledges is more out of the belief that we are working for God rather than men”.

So clearly the good bishop is in good company.

What about non-Christians?

I personally have nothing against the Bible.

I read it regularly and I know of quite a few characters in there who were deeply corrupt, starting with Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Christ who betrayed him for a fee only to take his own life later.

But there are a few questions that I and fellow Kenyans would like the good bishop to bear in mind.

Many of the top leaders who have been accused of, or charged with, corruption are church-going, Bible readers.

Is there another version of the holy book that the bishop could recommend to them?

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Kenyans have been protesting against President Kenyatta’s perceived inaction against corruption

Secondly, some of the money stolen from the public, finds its way to the church in the form of offerings or tithe.

Is the church in Kenya in danger of money-laundering?

Thirdly, what study guide will the bishop recommend to non-Christians?

Does corruption not affect them too?

As I write this, I suspect some of the “tenderpreneurs” – infamous cartels that bribe their way to fat government tenders – are busy plotting to submit an inflated proposal to procure and distribute a free copy of the Bible to all Kenyans. The anti-corruption commission currently has no such plans.

The knees of many Kenyans are sore from constant prayer for Kenya to emerge from the pipeline of catastrophes that engulf it.

They will be praying that once the anti-corruption commission conquers the spiritual battle, it will come up with tangible worldly tools to fight the disciples of corruption on the ground.

There is a famous Kenyan proverb from my people which says: “When the lead cow develops a limp, the herd will never reach the watering hole.”

In other words, the culture change must flow from the top.

More from Joseph Warungu:


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Kenya: Former Sports minister, 6 others charged in Olympic corruption inquiry

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Former Sports Minister Hassan Wario is one of the seven to face corruption charges

Seven senior Kenyan officials will be charged over alleged corruption surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games, the country’s chief prosecutor said.

Those accused include ex-Sports Minister Hassan Wario and former Olympic Committee head Kipchoge Keino, a two-time Olympic gold medallist.

Chief prosecutor Noordin Haji said they must turn themselves in by Monday.

More than 55m shillings ($545,542; £414,607) meant for the athletes was allegedly siphoned off.

“The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sportsmen and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” Mr Haji said in a statement.

Keino won his first Olympic gold in the 1,500m at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, and his second in the 3,000m steeplechase in Munich in 1972.

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Image captionKipchoge Keino won Olympic gold medals in 1968 and 1972

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro earned Kenya six gold and six silver medals as well as a bronze – the country’s best medal tally.

But claims of corruption against team bosses and government officials marred their success.

The charges are the latest in a series of corruption investigations in Kenya.

In May, Kenyan police arrested the head of a government youth agency over an alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m).

President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to fight corruption when he came to power in 2013.

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2019 AFCON qualifiers: Kenya and Guinea-Bissau triumph at home

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Harambee Stars players celebrate their third goal against Ethiopia in the return leg Afcon qualifier match at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday, October 14, 2018. /OLIVER MORGAN

Kenya and Guinea-Bissau secured home victories on Sunday to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kenya beat Ethiopia 3-0 in their Group F qualifier as Guinea-Bissau came from behind to defeat Zambia 2-1 in Group K.

Kenya fans queued for several hours outside the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi where entry to the 60,000 capacity arena was free, with police having to use tear gas to disperse the crowds outside once the stadium was full.

The two teams had drawn 0-0 in Ethiopia on Wednesday, but Kenya made home advantage count with Michael Olunga and Eric Johana Omondi putting the Harambee Stars 2-0 up in the first half.

Captain Victor Wanyama made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the second half on his return to the team.

The Tottenham midfielder, who only recently returned to action following a knee injury, was substituted shortly after his goal following a challenge.

The result puts Kenya top of Group F on seven points from four games – three ahead of Ethiopia.

This group also includes Sierra Leone and Ghana whose matches during this international window were cancelled by the Confederation of African Football due to Sierra Leone’s Fifa ban.

Kenya last featured at an Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004.

In Bissau, Guinea-Bissau fought back from a goal down against Zambia to win 2-1 and go three points clear at the top of Group K.

Zambia won their home fixture 2-1 in mid-week and looked on course to make it two wins from two when Justin Shonga – who had also scored in Lusaka on Wednesday – put Chipolopolo in front after 13 minutes.

Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu, who also scored in Zambia’s home win, suffered the unfortunate fate of scoring an own-goal on Sunday, making it 1-1 after 53 minutes.

Guinea-Bissau made sure of all three points with a winner from Toni Silva to move onto seven points from four games in Group K.

Namibia and Mozambique, who meet on Tuesday, are on four points from three games with Zambia bottom on four points from four matches.

Guinea-Bissau are looking to play at their second successive Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Their appearance at Gabon 2017 was the first time they had qualified for a Nations Cup in their history.

Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying results

Group F: Kenya 3-0 Ethiopia

Group K: Guinea-Bissau 2-1 Zambia

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Africa Cup of Nations: Kenya beat Ethiopia to edge closer towards qualification

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Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama was among Kenya’s goal-scorers in their 3-0 win over Ethiopia

Kenya beat Ethiopia 3-0 at home in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to edge closer towards the finals in Cameroon in 2019.

Fans queued for several hours outside the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi where entry to the 60,000 capacity arena was free for the qualifier, with police having to use teargas to disperse the crowds outside once the stadium was full.

On the pitch, Michael Olunga and Eric Johana Omondi put the Harambee Stars 2-0 up in the first half.

Captain Victor Wanyama made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the second half on his return to the team.

The Tottenham midfielder, who only recently returned to action following a knee injury, was substituted shortly after his goal following a challenge.

The result puts Kenya top of Group F on seven points from four games – three ahead of Ethiopia.

This group also includes Sierra Leone and Ghana whose matches during this international window were cancelled by the Confederation of African Football due to Sierra Leone’s Fifa ban.

Kenya are looking to qualify for their first Nations Cup since playing at the 2004 finals in Tunisia.

Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying results

Group F: Kenya 3-0 Ethiopia

Group K: Guinea-Bissau v Zambia

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Kenya officials charged in Olympic corruption inquiry

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Former Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario

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Former Sports Minister Hassan Wario is one of the seven to face corruption charges

Seven senior Kenyan officials will be charged over alleged corruption surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games, the country’s chief prosecutor said.

Those accused include ex-Sports Minister Hassan Wario and former Olympic Committee head Kipchoge Keino, a two-time Olympic gold medallist.

Chief prosecutor Noordin Haji said they must turn themselves in by Monday.

More than 55m shillings ($545,542; £414,607) meant for the athletes was allegedly siphoned off.

“The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sportsmen and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” Mr Haji said in a statement.

Keino won his first Olympic gold in the 1,500m at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, and his second in the 3,000m steeplechase in Munich in 1972.

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Kipchoge Keino won Olympic gold medals in 1968 and 1972

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro earned Kenya six gold and six silver medals as well as a bronze – the country’s best medal tally.

But claims of corruption against team bosses and government officials marred their success.

The charges are the latest in a series of corruption investigations in Kenya.

In May, Kenyan police arrested the head of a government youth agency over an alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m).

President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to fight corruption when he came to power in 2013.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Ethiopia v Kenya ends goalless

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The top two teams in each of the 12 qualifying groups will progress to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon

Ethiopia and visitors Kenya played out a 0-0 draw in a Group F qualifier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Harambee Stars thought they had scored five minutes before half time but striker the effort from Michael Olunga, who plays in Japan, was ruled out for offside.

The neighbours are set to face each other again on Sunday in Nairobi.

Both teams now have four points from their three matches so far.

The other match in this group between Ghana and Sierra Leone has been called off by the Confederation of African Football as Leone Stars are currently banned from global football.

It is still unclear whether the games between the Black Stars and the Leone Stars, who both have three points from two matches, will be played at some point in the future.

Zambia host Guinea-Bissau in Group K in Lusaka later on Wednesday while the other group game sees Mozambique hosting Namibia on Saturday afternoon.

Guinea-Bissau and and Mozambique are on four points after the opening two games while Zambia and Namibia have a point apiece.

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Kenya bus crash kills at least 50 en route to Kisumu

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At least 50 people have been killed after a bus travelling from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Kisumu, in the west, veered off the road, police say.

Many reportedly died when the vehicle overturned. Police fear the death toll may rise, with the possibility of passengers trapped in the wreckage.

“The roof of the bus was ripped off,” a local official said.

Police said the driver had lost control and plunged down a slope at a notorious accident black spot.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost 51 people,” Kenya’s police chief Joseph Boinnet told Capital FM radio.

The bus was carrying 52 passengers at the time of the crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning, police said.

Children are believed to be among the dead.

An eyewitness described hearing “a long hooting sound, then a screech that was followed by a bang and loud screams,” Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reported. 

The newspaper added that a number of people had been taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Highway roads in Kenya can be notoriously dangerous and the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked Kenya as one of the world’s worst countries for road safety.

Last December, some 36 people died in a head-on collision between a lorry and a Nairobi-bound bus on a road near Migaa in Kenya.

In 2016, several vehicles were engulfed in flames in a crash involving an oil tanker in Naivasha, Kenya, which killed dozens of people.

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Kenya bus crash kills at least 40 en route to Kisumu

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Map shows Nairobi and Kisumu in Kenya

At least 40 people have been killed after a bus travelling from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Kisumu, in the west, veered off the road, police say.

Many reportedly died when the vehicle overturned. Police fear the death toll may rise, with the possibility of passengers trapped in the wreckage.

“The roof of the bus was ripped off,” a local official said.

Police said the driver had lost control and plunged down a slope at a notorious accident black spot.

The bus was carrying 52 passengers at the time of the crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning, police said.

Some local media reports put the number of victims at 42.

Local radio station Midnimo tweeted an image of an overturned vehicle that looked severely damaged.

Children are believed to be among the dead.

Highway roads in Kenya can be notoriously dangerous and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Kenya as one of the world’s worst countries for road safety.

Last December, some 36 people died in a head-on collision between a lorry and a Nairobi-bound bus on a road near Migaa in Kenya.

In 2016, several vehicles were engulfed in flames in a crash involving an oil tanker in Naivasha, Kenya, which killed dozens of people.

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