Bishop Korir, Ny­eri gover­nor deaths top Google searches

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS - Muthoki Mumo mu­mumo@ke.na­tion­media.com

News on tragedies in­clud­ing the re­cent deaths of Ny­eri Gover­nor Wa­home Gakuru and Bishop Cor­nelius Korir dom­i­nated searches made on Google.

Data from the In­ter­net gi­ant shows that searches about the late gover­nor Gakuru were the top trending topic on Google. “Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, Kenyans searched about the fam­ily and wife of the late gover­nor,” says Google.

Events sur­round­ing the death of gover­nor Gakuru were also pop­u­lar searches as Kenyans shared in­for­ma­tion of the “eye­wit­ness chal­lenge”, a meme as­so­ci­ated with Den­nis Muigai Ngengi, a man who claimed to have wit­nessed the grisly ac­ci­dent that took the gover­nor’s life.

Mr Ngengi gained no­to­ri­ety be­cause three weeks ago he had also ap­peared on tele­vi­sion in the af­ter­math of a he­li­copter crash in Lake Nakuru claim­ing to be a state pi­lot.

“The [eye­wit­ness chal­lenge] meme be­came the fourth trending item,” says Google in a state­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions car­ried out since then have re­vealed that Mr Ngengi is not only a “se­rial wit­ness” but also a se­rial of­fender hav­ing been charged with crimes in eight dif­fer­ent in­stances, all un­der aliases, in the past.

Another top search was the burial of Bishop Cor­nelius Korir, who died on Oc­to­ber 30 but was buried last week­end, which was the third trending item.

An event in which a gun­man opened fire on parish­ioners in a church in Texas, claim­ing the lives of 25 peo­ple, was the fifth trending search item in Kenya.

But it was not only gloom that took Kenyans on­line last week. Foot­ball was the sec­ond most searched topic as fans sought in­for­ma­tion about the English Premier League, Serie A, and the World Cup qual­i­fiers.

Kenyans also went on­line to look for in­for­ma­tion about Don Moen and his mu­sic.

The Amer­i­can gospel mu­si­cian, who last week per­formed at the Christ is the An­swer Min­istries-karen, was the sev­enth trending search on Google.

Kenyans also went on­line to look for in­for­ma­tion about Don Moen and his mu­sic

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