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Francis Ontomwa

Francis Ontomwa is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Francis is an experienced bilingual investigative journalist and senior broadcast journalist with over a decade of leadership in international broadcasting. As a launch producer for BBC's current affairs show Kenya Connects, I successfully oversaw the launch and mentored early career journalists. Recognized for my in-depth reporting on public corruption, consumer rip-offs, and crime, with extensive experience spanning across Africa. Awarded the Media Council of Kenya's Press Freedom Award in 2017. Skilled in overseeing budgets, resource allocation, and mentoring emerging talent. Proficient in producing impactful content for various media platforms, upholding journalistic integrity, and driving positive change. Adept at managing complex investigations, fostering collaboration, and delivering engaging stories that resonate with diverse audiences.

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A community in northern Kenya has found a sustainable way to feed orphaned baby elephants - using goats' milk. The community run Reteti sanctuary says it introduced the milk because it’s less costly than the powdered baby formula.


Kenyan pupils, some as young as five, are getting less and less sleep because they are being required to be at school by 06:30, though classes don't commence until 08:00. Experts are concerned that this widespread practice.


Clashes between Kenya's opposition-led anti-tax protesters and police this month have left scores dead, including a prominent boxer who was shot earlier this month in Nairobi. Kenya's boxing fraternity organized an exhibition bout to honor the boxer.


Kenyan authorities have exhumed more than 400 bodies from shallow graves linked to a cult whose leader is accused of asking his followers to starve themselves. The tragedy has sparked debate in Kenya about how to protect both religious freedom and lives.

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