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Kiambu Family Murders: Missing Son Arrested

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  • The Kiambu murder mystery where a couple and three family members were killed has taken a new twist after the detectives arrested a son who was reported missing

    Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga confirmed that the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student couldn’t be traced, days after the family members were murdered

    The youth had switched off his phone but police managed to track down his last signal in Naivasha, Nakuru County. 

    On Saturday morning, January 9, detectives announced that they had found the breakthrough in the murder case, linking the son to the death of his kin. 

    A Kenyan Police Officer pictured at a crime scene.
    A Kenyan Police Officer pictured at a crime scene.
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    Detectives presumed that a close family member had coordinated the attack on Njoroge Warunge, an American-based nurse who was stabbed 34 times after watching his wife, two children and another relative killed.

    “The house is well fenced with a perimeter wall and razor wire and there was no sign the killers struggled to gain entry by breaking in. 

    “There is no doubt that the killers used someone close to the family to gain access to the house,” Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga said. 

    Police ruled out robbery and argued that the missing son may the answer to the puzzle after he went missing. 

    His two other sisters were reported to be safe and sound as they had reported to school. 

    Detectives are also hunting down for five other individuals suspected to have been part of a gang which coordinated with a family member to murder the deceased. 

    A government pathologist will release postmortem results on Monday, January 11. 

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    I know CSs Who Don't Pick Uhuru's Calls – David Ndii

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  • Kenya’s fiery economist David Ndii has claimed that he knows a number of Cabinet Secretaries who often ignore President Uhuru Kenyatta’s calls.

    In a statement he shared on Tuesday, January 27, the outspoken economist claimed that in one instance, he was hanging out with a number of the CSs when the Head of State called them but they did not pick.

    Sensing fallout in the Cabinet, Ndii further noted that the incident occurred two years ago, adding that the relationship must have worsened by now.

    “He’s talking about roaring and already two years ago I sat with CSs who ignored his phone calls. How bad must it be now? Man, finish up and go” posed Ndii.

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    Economist and political activist David Ndii
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    When he was questioned about the specific CSs he befriends, the economist listed down their names without disclosing whether they had ignored the President’s call.

    He noted that he is friends with East Africa Community CS Adan Mohammed since they met at Kangaru School in 1983 as well as Trade CS Betty Maina from their days at University of Nairobi (UoN) in 1985.

    Others include Defence CS Monica Juma (UoN, 1985), Tourism CS Najib Balala (Parliament in the early 1990s) Labour CS James Macharia (banking in the late 1990’s) and Interior CS Fred Matiangi (State University of New York, 2003).

    In 2019, Ndii noted that he had appeared as a referee on Matiang’i’s CV.

    Ndii was responding to a video clip of Uhuru’s speech during the launch of Ksh1 billion in Ngong where he noted that he still had enough days to run the country.

    “We shall do politics. Some people look at me and dismiss that I am leaving (office) and that there is nothing I can do. Let me remind you, I still have days left to (run the country)… There is no vacancy,” stated Uhuru.

    The Cabinet has suffered tensions pitting members on several occasions with some leading to firings such as that of former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

    When he was shown the door in January 2020, Kiunjuri revealed that he was relieved to hand over the responsibilities, explaining that it was too stressful.

    In 2019, tensions also arose in which four CSs were accused of plotting to kill Deputy President William Ruto during an alleged secret meeting they held at La Mada Hotel.

    The four CSs included Joe Mucheru (ICT), Peter Munya (Trade & Industrialization), James Macharia (Transport) and Sicily Kariuki (Health).

    The CSs vehemently denied the allegations, stating that they had convened at the hotel to discuss Huduma Namba, the referendum and development issues in the Mt Kenya region. 

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta attending a past function in Mombasa
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    Woman Drowns Self Over Ksh200K Bank Loan

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  • A trader in Maragua, Murang’a County, allegedly drowned herself in a well on Tuesday night, January 26, after receiving numerous demand letters from a local bank over Ksh200,000 debt she owed the institution.

    Reports indicated that the deceased identified only as Carol, had constantly complained about her struggles settling the outstanding loan, money she reportedly took to finance her business. 

    The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is said to have affected her business which was on the verge of collapse after most of the money she had borrowed went into running the loss-making venture.

    Shocked residents look into the well in Maragua town where the body of a businesswoman was discovered on January 27, 2021
    Shocked residents look into the well in Maragua town where the body of a businesswoman was discovered on January 27, 2021.
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    She had reportedly defaulted her loan for an entire five months something that piled pressure on her. On the fateful night, she allegedly informed her sister, who was her roommate, that she had gone to attend an impromptu business meeting with a neighbour.

    According to the sister, this was not the first time Carol had stepped out for night meetings, hence this did not seem suspicious. 

    “Since it was not the first time she was announcing such impromptu meetings, I had no reason to be suspicious,” the sister said.

    The body was discovered floating inside the well by one of the tenants who had gone to draw water.

    The reports were confirmed by Ichagaki Deputy County Commissioner Joshua Okello who noted that investigations had been launched to ascertain the cause of death.

    “The preliminary suspicion is that she committed suicide. But you can never be too sure in the absence of a medical report based on a conclusive situational analysis,” Okello said.

    Many Kenyans opt to take their own life after they are driven to the edge by aggressive creditors.

    According to data from the Central Bank of Kenya, the proportion of defaulted bank loans in 2019 registered an outstanding amount of Ksh366 billion. This reflected the cash flow burden by business and workers to settle debts.

    Speaking to Muhabarishaji.com in a past interview, Dr Mucheru Wang’ombe noted that the trend mainly falls on the youth.

    She urged family members to always show support to one another by listening to each other’s woes without being judgemental or dismissive. 

    She also noted that paying attention to signs such as increased drug abuse and alcohol, aggressive behaviour, dramatic mood swings and withdrawing away from family, might be key to preventing such cases from occurring.

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
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    489 Hospitalised as Covid-19 Cases Rise

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  • A total of 130 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19 from a sample size of 4,918 tested in the last 24 hours. This takes the cumulative confirmed positive cases to 100,323.

    Since the start of the pandemic, 1,167,409 samples have been tested for the virus across the country. From the positive cases, 115 are Kenyans while 15 are foreigners.

    88 are males while 42 are females.

    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at the Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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    The youngest of the cases is a 4-month-old infant while the oldest is aged 88 years.

    66 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus. 24 are from various health facilities across the country while 42 are from the Home-Based Isolation and Care programme.

    The total recoveries now stand at 83,691.

    Unfortunately, 1 patients succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours bringing the total fatalities in the country to 1,744.

    Currently, 489 patients are admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,353 are on Home Based Isolation and Care. 28 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit ( ICU ), 14 of whom are on ventilatory support and 13 on supplemental oxygen. 1 patient is under observation.

    Another 17 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 12 of them in the general wards and 5 in the High Dependancy Unit.

    In Counties, the cases have been distributed as follows; Nairobi 66 , Taita Taveta 18 , Mombasa 9 , Nakuru 6 , Narok 6 , Siaya 4 , Uasin Gishu 4 , Kiambu 4 , Kisii 4 , Kilifi 2 , Kisumu 1 , Bungoma 1 , Busia 1 , Kajiado 1 ,
    Kakamega 1 , Nyamira 1 and Nyandarua 1 .

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