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African press review 21 August 2015

Crime, shock and the secret to the fountain of youth make the headlines of the African press, as Kenyan police make a breakthrough in April's Garissa attack. We also find out why cheating on your partner can cost you your life.


Kenyan police have at last traced the whereabouts of the body of one of the students who was killed in April's Garissa attack, Standard Digital reports.

There were 148 students killed when Islamist gunmen stormed Garissa University. For the parents of Risper Mutinda, it was a double tragedy because their daughter's body then went missing.

Risper, from Kitui County, was wrongly taken by a different family and buried in Mwingi district. The confusion arose because of the difficulty in identifying victims' bodies, which were so badly damaged.

Eventually, DNA testing and fingerprint technology enabled police to identify Risper, who was still lying at the Chiromo mortuary where most of the bodies had been taken.

Risper’s parents had been repeatedly requesting the Government to help trace their daughter’s body. Now at last they can put her to rest.

In Kenya, there has been public outcry over the release of a suspect who hit and killed a first year college student, the Daily Nation reports.

The suspect was a boda boda or motor taxi rider. He was testing out his skills on a neighbour’s car when he hit student Agnes Nyam-bura and her aunt last Friday.

Earlier this week, Nyambura’s peers stormed the police station together with relatives and residents wanting to know why the culprit was released. The suspect is believed to have paid a 1,000 shilling cash bail to police and was released the same day.

There was more anger in Nigeria after a passionate love affair ended in tragedy, Punch tabloid reports. A man said to be one of the lovers of a married woman set the woman on fire, as well as three of her children, after finding her in bed with another man.

The tabloid says that the suspect, who still hasn't been named, stormed the house of Hadijat Adegoke, only to find that she was already in bed with someone else.

In a fit of rage, the suspect bought petrol and allegedly poured it inside the room where the lovers were sleeping and set everybody inside the room ablaze.

Only one of the woman’s children, who was not in the house at the time of the attack, survived.

It is a very tragic ending to what was apparently a beautiful story and highlights the lengths some people are willing to go to for love. Would you kill for love?

In South Africa, athlete Oscar Pistorius did when he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. And in Stuff newspaper, we learn that the athlete's 'crime of passion' has blocked his release on parole Friday.

His family were already preparing for a big homecoming, but South Africa's justice minister says the decision to release him was made without the right legal basis, and blocked it. Pistorius' defence attorney has now warned judges to brace themselves for a long fight.

One veteran who is still going strong despite his 71 years of age is Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. In TheDaily Monitor he says he feels fit as a fiddle, and as young as 30.

What's his secret? He "doesn't drink alcohol and also does not engage in acts that can expose him to HIV or Aids." This drew him rapturous applause from crowds in Kayunga where he was holding a public rally.

And his fiery energy he says helped him defeat former dictators Idi Amin and Milton Obote. So if the president says don't drink or engage in unsafe sex, perhaps best not to.

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