Manchester United fan comits suicide after team loss.


A man believed to be a fan of Manchester United Football Club committed suicide Saturday night in Nairobi’s Pipeline estate after the team lost 1-0 to Newcastle.

Police said John Jimmy Macharia aged 23 jumped to his death from the 7th floor of a building he was after learning his team had lost in the Saturday evening match.

According to Nairobi County police chief Benson Kibue, Macharia told his friends he could not stand and watch the team beaten in a row before he leapt down dying on the spot.

“All witness accounts suggest he committed suicide because the team lost but officers are still talking to those who were with him as part of the investigations into the incident,” he said.

Kibue advised the youth in the city to realise the English Premier League just like any other sport is a game and they should not be emotional with it.

“It is not the first time we are losing a young man because of the football in England, which is far away from us. They need to know that is just a game,” said Kibue.

The body was later removed and taken to the mortuary by police who arrived there. Macharia is said to have landed on his head dying instantly.

Manchester United slumped to their second home Premier League defeat in the space of four days as Yohan Cabaye’s goal gave Newcastle a first league victory at Old Trafford since 1972. -Standard-

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Traffic news from Nairobi: Playful lions bring cars to a standstill. DAMN, I MISSED THIS!!

Two lions brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill in Nairobi, Kenya when they decided to have a lie down in the middle the street.

It was during the morning commute on the the edge of the Nairobi National Park that two young males appeared on the side of the road and strolled out in front of cars and trucks for a roll-around.

The African lions’ antics caused tail backs as they found the busy road the perfect place to rub themselves in buffalo faeces,

Amateur South African snapper Gareth Jones was one of the drivers stuck in the traffic jam last month and decided to get out and photograph the unique scene at 6.40am.

The African lions’ antics caused tail backs as they found the busy road the perfect place to rub themselves in buffalo faeces,

Gareth, originally from South Africa but now living in Kenya, said: ‘I had only driven about 500 metres when the shapes of two big male lions could be seen in the road.

‘They went into a ridiculous pose, with their rear ends up in the air and their faces down over some buffalo dung. They were trying to mask their smell so they could hunt undetected.

‘They both looked like they were enjoying themselves and it was an incredible start to the day.’

Gareth’s images show the lions rolling in Buffalo dung to mask their scent in a bid to go undetected when hunting.

But that was no consolation for commuters, who sat watching the ten minute display, before the lions left the road.

Gareth added: ‘After driving ahead of them, I began to take pictures of them walking up the road.

‘As the lions were walking slowly, all the cars entering the main gate of the park were effectively blocked by their pace. Everyone was very patient.’

Nairobi National Park opened in 1946. It is located just over four miles from the Kenyan capital’s city centre and its skyscrapers can be seen from within the protected area.

The park is home to a wild range of species, including giraffes, leopards, wildebeest and hippos.

The closeness to the city proves a risk to the park as it is completely exposed to the pollution of the capital as well as threats from a growing population in need of land for farming and infrastructure. -daily mail-

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Kenyans evicts UK diplomats from hotel amid ICC row: THINGS ARE CHANGING FAST


Three UK diplomats have been evicted from a hotel meeting in Eldoret in Kenya’s Rift Valley by a local politician for “violating protocol”.

They were also suspected of interfering in the International Criminal Court cases of Kenya’s leaders at The Hague.

Eldoret is the home of Deputy President William Ruto, who has denied charges of crimes against humanity.

The UK says their High Commission officials were in the area to discuss a sports event to promote peace.

The charges against Mr Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta relate to violence following the disputed 2007 election, which left some 1,200 people dead.

The BBC’s David Okwembah in the capital, Nairobi, says diplomatic relations between Kenya and the UK are at an all-time low because of the ICC cases.

Last week, the UN Security Council rejected an attempt to suspend the trials at the ICC for a year.

The resolution fell short of two votes needed to pass it, with the UK, US and France abstaining.
‘Proud partner’

Daniel Chemno, the deputy governor of Uasin Gishu county, stormed into a meeting on Thursday at a hotel in Eldoret where the British officials were meeting civil society groups.

“How can you come here without having the courtesy of notifying the county government of your presence and purpose of your visit as diplomatic protocol demands?” he said.

Their presence had raised suspicion that they were on a mission to collect new evidence and recruit additional witnesses to testify at The Hague, he added.

The UK foreign office said in a statement that the British High Commission had informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the visit prior to travelling, and had separately sought to arrange a meeting with the governor’s office.

“The officials later met the deputy governor and separately members of the county assembly,” the statement said.

The officials also met a “range of individuals and organisations involved in efforts to build peaceful relations between different communities in the region, including a council of elders, church leaders and peace activists”.

“The UK is a proud partner of Uasin Gishu and Kenya, and has a long history of partnership that we wish to develop even further.”

This week at an annual meeting of ICC member states, there has been a discussion about whether the treaty setting up the court should be changed to allow heads of states immunity from prosecution, prompted by Kenyan and the African Union.

The ICC trial of Mr Kenyatta, who denies the charges he faces, is due to start in February.

European diplomats wrote a letter printed in Kenyan papers earlier this week raising concern that several ambassadors – including those from France, Germany and Italy – have been waiting for months to present their credentials to President Kenyatta.

State House has blamed this on the president’s “busy schedule” and not a snub linked to the ICC.