word boda boda included in the 9th edition of Oxford English Dictionary

You can now find the word boda boda in your dictionary, following the its inclusion in the 9th edition of the Oxford English dictionary.

Boda boda a type of a motorcycle or bicycle with a space for a passenger or carrying goods; often used as a taxi; boys of boda boda riding on Kampala’s streets,” the description on the Dictionary reads.

Boda boda is among the more than 900 latest words that producers of venerable Oxford English Dictionary have added to the 9th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary.

Boda bodas are a popular mode of transport in east Africa. They are more common in Uganda but have gained popularity in Kenya in the recent past.

In the city, commuters often prefer to use them due their efficiency in maneuvering through the dreaded Nairobi traffic while in the rural areas, boda bodas come in handy when it comes to traversing areas that don’t have accessible roads.

The word boda boda is believed to have originated from bicycle riders in Kenya’s Busia town, which borders Uganda.

The riders would provide transport to villagers travelling to the market in Busia town.

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Al-Shabaab abducting Kenyan women for sex slaves

The Al shabaab militia has not just been radicalizing and recruiting young men at the coast, but has also been abducting women to serve as their sex slaves as revealed in an article by the BBC.

The women are reportedly lured through promises of jobs in different towns at the coast or abroad and are drugged along the way and transported through the Boni forest in Lamu County, which has been a hideout for the militia.

“When we regained consciousness, there were two men inside the room,” a victim told the BBC.

 “They blindfolded us with black scarves. They raped us in that room.” she said.

According to the BBC, the Al shabaab are out to breed the next generation of fighters hence holding women in captivity so that they can give birth is part of their agenda.

“In my camp, there [were] women who are sent to come and recruit other women. They want to multiply so they just want women to give birth.” the BBC reports.

“Al shababes”/Jihadi Brides

Some women have however been willingly joining the Al shabaab militia.

The female members or Al shababes as they are locally referred to are used in suicide bombings and collecting information at government controlled areas while others serve as jihadi brides.

In 2015, the police arrested three female university students (two Kenyans and one Tanzanian) at Elwak town on the Kenya-Somali border as they attempted to sneak to Somalia to join the Islamic militia.

According to Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa , the three; Ummu-l-Khayr Sadir Abdulla, 19, Maryam Said Aboud, 20, and Khadija Abubakar Abdulkadir were to meet their contact person who was to facilitate their movement into Somali.

“They were to join the Al Shabaab group to become suicide bombers and jihadists, according to police,” said Marwa.

Marwa said the three were lured to join Al Shabaab through social media and added the police were pursuing the financiers who are targeting mainly students.

In September last year, three armed women were gunned down by the police after they attacked Mombasa’s Central Police Station.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a health expert from Ethiopia, has been elected by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the new Director General.

Tedros, who will be the first health official from Africa to serve as director-general, takes over from Dr. Margaret Chan, who has been overseeing the agency since 2006.

He beat two other candidates; Britain’s Dr. David Nabarro and Dr. Sania Nishtar, the first female cardiologist in Pakistan to clinch the position.

Tedros key achievements include; drastically cutting deaths from malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and neonatal problems when he was Ethiopia’s health minister. He has also trained 40,000 female health workers, hired outbreak investigators, improved the national laboratory, organized an ambulance system and oversaw a tenfold increase in medical school graduates.

He promised as the head of W.H.O. to pursue health insurance in even the poorest nations, strengthen emergency responses and make the agency more accountable and transparent.

Tedros who is also a former foreign affairs minister will serve a five-year term in the new position which will be begin on July 1.




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3 police officers killed in Liboi, Garissa county

Three police officers have been killed after a vehicle they were travelling in hit a landmine today at 6am in Liboi, Garissa County.

The vehicle belongs to Kulan AP Post, which is said to be 8 kilometres away from the scene of crime and the officers were part of the heightened surveillance to secure the area, following reports that Al Shabaab was planning attacks in the border areas.

The attack comes a day after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned that Al Shabaab terrorists are planning to cross over into the country to launch attacks at the border areas.

Last week Suspected Al shabaab militants killed a chief and abducted two Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) in Omar Jillo village, Mandera County just days after killing two miners in a quarry in Elwak.

According to the IG, the militia is desperate following heightened operation by KDF in Somalia and have resorted to break into small groups and sneak in the country.Boinnet has urged the public across the country to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police.


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Manchester arena attack

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined the list of leaders across the globe, who have come out to condemn the terror attack in Manchester,UK, that has left 22 people dead and scores injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the United Kingdom after the tragic incident in Manchester last night” Uhuru said on his facebook page.

“Kenya knows what it is like to suffer a tragedy such as this, so our hearts go out to the U.K., and especially to the families which have woken to devastating news this morning.

We share a long history with the UK; we remain allies and partners. I have assured the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May, that she will have any help we can give; and that we will stand with her and with her country in the fight against extremism,” He said.

Manchester Arena Blast

Theresa May referred to the atrocity as an “appalling terrorist attack”.

All our thoughts are with the victims of the attack and the families of those who have been affected. We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” May said.

The attack, which occurred after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a jam-packed American pop singer Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester arena on Monday night, is the deadliest in the country since the bombing of London’s transport system in July 2005.

British Prime Minister Theresa May

Most of the victims were children, and their families. The attack comes weeks ahead of the snap General Elections called by Theresa May ahead of formal talks for Britain to exit the European Union.

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil, losers in life,” US President Donald Trump said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.”

 “The incident will only strengthen our resolve to…work together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhumane deeds.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: This incident, this attack, is especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers. This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.”


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