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Tom Lutali


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Tom Lutali is a student of Journalism and Mass Communication at Elgon View College in Eldoret. He is a Swahili sports journalist with a great interest in radio broadcasting. He is currently practicing with the college EVC radio as a broadcaster.

| Email: tomlutali@gmail.com |

Sam Oduor


Sam Oduor, an enthusiastic news journalist and upcoming TV personality, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media studies from Moi University in 2020. He has worked for Nyota FM, Nyota TV and Moi Radio as a show and news presenter. In 2019, together with Dennis Kinyua, he was chief editor in producing Coast Watch, a magazine describing the culture, economy and history of the Coastal people.

He is currently the editor-in-chief for Lugari Daily. Sam majors in generating story ideas for news and features; following tips from sources and social media; allocating duties to fellow journalists and advising them on editorial policy, story coverage and perspectives of writing; editing scripts; linking up with marketers and managing the organization’s social media handles.

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Link up with Sam Oduor on phone 0721-747-146 or email him at samoduorkenya@gmail.com. He is on Facebook @Sam Oduor, on Twitter @SamOduorKe and on Instagram @samoduor_.

Also check through some of his news stories below.

Lugari newsmakers 2020: Headteacher who ‘ate toilet money’


The year 2020 is closing up with the world still struggling to contain the spread of Covid-19 which has claimed many lives and severely fractured the economy and other sectors all around the globe.

Despite the virus changing the aspects of society, key issues arose in Lugari that were worth a story. The editorial team of Lugari Daily has sampled out few subjects of stories that had a huge impact on livelihoods from across the region.

The stories also received a great following and debate from the general public.

Headteacher who ‘ate toilet money’

Just about the beginning of the year, Lugari Daily dug into details of how public cash was handled at St. Paul’s Lugari Primary School, citing the school boss Ruth Kimalit and PTA chair Thomas Burudi as those who were accountable.

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Lugari Primary School Headteacher Ruth Kimalit.

The headteacher and PTA chair shockingly refused to bring to the table any facts about how around Kshs 400,000 was used, and instead intimidated Sam Oduor, the journalist who did the story, of lawsuits.

The two demanded him to apologize, which he refused.

The money which was accumulated in contributions and CDF, was meant to build latrines for pupils and teachers. The pupils’ latrines are yet to be completed, and the ones for teachers, which were put up just a year ago, are collapsing.

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This toilet, and many others of this kind, are still in use in Lugari Primary.

Woman who was caught red-handed planting witchcraft at Lugari Centre Market

March 13, 2020 will remain the most tormenting memory for Margaret Afandi who was caught red-handed allegedly planting witchcraft at the doorstep of Judith Akolo at Lugari Centre Market.

Afandi was served a thorough beating in the hot morning sun from Mrs Akolo in the presence of tens of market residents who were recording the scene using smartphones.

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Margaret Afandi after she was allegedly caught planting witchcraft.

Lugari Daily refused to publish the video as it found unethical, despite demand from the public.

Area admin from Chekalini whose body was retrieved from Kipkaren River

Joyce Mwofula Mukhanya, an area administrator fro Mbajo in Chakalini Ward, was found dead in Kipkaren River around Maji Mazuri area across the river; four days after she was reported missing.

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Mbajo area ward admin whose body was found inside Kipkaren River.

The admin left behind her four-months-old toddler. According to those who retrieved the body, it was badly maimed; suggesting her unusual death was planned.

Lugari woman who got stuck in an apartment in Beijing after Covid-19 outbreak

A woman from Mbagara in Mautuma Ward hit headlines from her outcry about her predicament in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

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Mercy Masitsa when the virus was ravaging China.

Mercy Masitsa, who was in China on a student visa, raised alarm about her lack of food, inability to pay rent and house bills which amounted to a debt of around Kshs 80,000.

Her plight rent the media and caught the attention of well-wishers from around Lugari.

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