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Kelvin Kiptum

Police have apprehended three individuals suspected of visiting the residence of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum just days before his fatal accident.

The trio, yet to be identified, was initially held at Kaptagat Police Station in Elgeyo Marakwet County, later being transferred to Iten for further interrogation.

Detectives in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the hometown of the late athlete, are intensively questioning the suspects to ascertain the purpose of their visit.

The investigation was prompted by Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, who raised concerns about four strangers appearing at their home in Chepsamo village, Kaptarakwa ward, Keiyo South Constituency, Elgeyo Marakwet County, just four days before the tragic accident.

The three out of four individuals suspected of visiting the residence of world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum just days before his fatal accident. Photo/Courtesy/NTV.

Earlier, it was revealed that all four individuals had been summoned for questioning by the Elgeyo Marakwet County Criminal Investigations Officer.

Mr. Cheruiyot, adamant about a thorough inquiry, positively identified the three suspects at Kaptagat Police Station, where the vehicle they used was also seized for further examination.

The investigation aims to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the marathon star’s untimely demise.

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Dennis Onsarigo's take on Jowie verdict

Seasoned journalist Dennis Onsarigo has delved into the intricacies of the Monica Kimani murder case, offering a thought-provoking perspective on the verdict delivered by Lady Justice Grace Nzioka.

Onsarigo’s musings raise compelling questions about the guilt of Joseph Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, and the innocence of journalist Jacque Maribe.

Exploring the Lack of Evidence

Onsarigo begins by scrutinizing the evidence presented during the trial, questioning whether there were any documented threats made by Jowie towards Monica Kimani.

He challenges the narrative by probing Monica’s circle of friends for any indications of Jowie’s violent tendencies or previous altercations.

The Crime Scene and Witnesses

A key aspect of Onsarigo’s analysis revolves around the crime scene itself. Were there any witnesses who heard disturbances or screams from Monica’s apartment? What insights did neighbors provide regarding Monica’s past guests and movements? Onsarigo dissects the details, searching for clues that could shed light on the events leading up to the tragic incident.

The Missing Puzzle Pieces

Onsarigo explores the apparent gaps in the prosecution’s case, questioning the motive behind Jowie’s actions. He wonders about the significance of a “small drop of blood” found on Jowie’s shorts, raising eyebrows about the selective disposal of evidence.

A snippet photo of journalist Jacque Maribe and Joseph Irungu Jowie in court. Photo/Courtesy.

The journalist also highlights the discrepancy in Jowie burning some clothing items but not others, leaving readers to ponder the potential reasons behind such actions.

Crime of Passion or Staged Murder

Onsarigo’s social media post delves into the heart of the matter, contemplating whether Monica’s murder was a crime of passion or a meticulously staged event. He raises questions about Jowie’s possible motives and contemplates whether the prosecution was presented with a prepared crime scene, complete with a dining set.

The Silent Victim

Onsarigo concludes his piece with a poignant reflection on the absence of Monica Kimani’s voice in the trial. Despite the verdict, he emphasizes that Monica, from her grave, has not spoken during the proceedings, leaving room for speculation and uncertainty.

Dennis Onsarigo’s insightful take on the Monica Kimani murder case prompts readers to critically evaluate the evidence, question the motives, and consider alternative scenarios.

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Dennis Itumbi and Jacque Maribe

Kenyans witnessed an emotional and heartwarming scene in court as journalist Jacque Maribe was acquitted of murder charges in the Monica Kimani case.

The spotlight, however, shifted towards Dennis Itumbi, whose passionate reaction has since gone viral.

In a video capturing the moment, Itumbi can be seen tightly embracing Maribe just after Lady Justice Grace Nzioka announced the verdict of her acquittal.

The genuine display of joy and relief has resonated with many, as Itumbi took to his official X account to pen a heartfelt message for Maribe.

“Jacque Maribe is FREE! Maribe DID NOT kill Monica. Daaamn! I feel so vindicated!” Itumbi exclaimed in his post, shedding light on the six-year-long journey Maribe endured – a journey marked by shadows and unjust chains.

Itumbi’s message didn’t shy away from addressing what he referred to as a “rogue” DCI boss, George Kinoti, who allegedly used Maribe as a pawn in his pursuit of sensational headlines.

The post emphasized the truth’s brilliance, dispelling the darkness created by “Kinoti’s lies” and a scripted narrative aimed solely at media attention.

“Today, the truth has unveiled its brilliance, dispelling the darkness. The darkness of Kinoti lies and outright script aimed for Media headlines and nothing else,” Itumbi passionately wrote.

He likened Maribe to a phoenix, encouraging her to rise from the ashes, emphasizing that while time may have been lost, the essence of her being remains untouched.

Itumbi extended collective hands on behalf of friends, welcoming her back to the embrace of freedom.

In a show of unwavering support, Itumbi declared, “Let the record reflect that you have always been INNOCENT. The system failed you, and the rogue people who added you in this case just for headlines and creation of a circus should answer, and you must not let them walk out of the mess without questions.”

Acknowledging the pain Monica’s family endured, Itumbi expressed hopes for comfort to fill their hearts beyond the pursuit of justice.

To Jacqueline Maribe, he concluded with a powerful message, “There is a reason storms are named after women. Storms, like focused women, cannot be stopped. You are a lovely storm! Be blessed.”

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Jowie and Jacque Maribe

Joshua Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, has been found guilty of the murder of Nairobi businesswoman Monica Kimani, a case that sent shockwaves through the community in 2018.

Lady Justice Grace Nzioka delivered the verdict, highlighting crucial details that led to Jowie’s conviction.

She emphasized that the prosecution successfully demonstrated that Jowie, a security personnel, committed the heinous crime.

Despite Jowie’s initial denial of any acquaintance with the deceased, the court, relying on the testimony of Kimani’s brother and cell phone records, concluded that Jowie did know Monica Kimani before her tragic death.

According to Kimani’s brother, they spent a night at Monica’s home on August 30, 2018.

The judge stated, “The 1st accused (Jowie Irungu) claimed he did not know the deceased at all. George Kimani, the deceased’s brother submitted that Jowie and Monica Kimani were in the same class in 2002 taking the same course in hotel and beverage management.”

The court invoked the Doctrine of Last Seen, agreeing with the prosecution’s evidence that Jowie was the last person seen with Monica Kimani before her demise. This legal doctrine assumes that the person last seen with the deceased is responsible for their death, placing the onus on the accused to provide an explanation.

Justice Nzioka further concurred with the prosecution’s assertion that Jowie used a firearm to intimidate Monica Kimani before her tragic death. Forensic evidence played a crucial role, establishing that the blood stains on Jowie’s shorts belonged to the businesswoman.

The court’s reliance on testimonies, cell phone records, and forensic evidence underscores the gravity of the situation.

The second accused, journalist Jacque Maribe has been acquitted and found not guilty of the murder of Monicah Kimani.

The court dropped the offense of misleading investigators on technicality that had been leveled against Maribe.

Lady Justice Nzioka cancelled Jowie’s bond and ordered that he remains in custody until March 8, when he will be sentenced.

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Boni Khalwale

A team of twenty homicide detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday January 2, visited the home of Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale in Malinya, Kakamega County.

The detectives are investigating the misery surrounding the death of Kizito Moi Amukune, Khalwale’s worker who died after allegedly being gored by a bull he was taking care of.

According to Khalwale, the late Amukune returned home while drunk, and the smell of the local brew that was similar to molasses might have attracted the bull that went ahead to attack him.

However, a section of Kenyans read foul play in the death, with Kakamega businessman Cleophas Shimanyula accusing Khalwale of murdering his worker then blaming it on the bull named Inasio.

The accusations attracted the attention of the DCI homicide detectives, who have now visited Khalwale’s Malinya home for the fourth time.

A team of DCI detectives from Malinya police station were the first to visit the home to carry out investigations, but the intensity of the matter attracted the attention of the detectives from the DCI headquarters from Kiambu Road, Nairobi.

Khalwale who spoke on the fourth day of the investigations said he was willingly ready to offer the detectives the maximum cooperation they need during their investigations.

He added that the detectives are awaiting for the second post-mortem for them to conclude their investigations.

“The National Director of Homicide Investigations Department, Martin Nyuguto, led a 20-man strong squad from Nairobi to lay bear the facts surrounding the sudden death of my fighter bull caretaker,'” Khalwale posted on X.

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DCI raid Dhahabu Microfinance Bank in Ruiru

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday, January 29 raided Dhahabu Microfinance Bank along the Eastern bypass.

Reports indicate that Dhahabu microfinance Bank that is located around Kamakis area has been operating without any licenses or regulatory approval.

During the operation, the detectives confiscated computers which are believed to be carrying vital evidence.

Other directors of Dhahabu Microfinance Bank are Lucy Murugi Kamengere, Eric Mwangi Kimani and Peter Kamau Maina.

One director, Joseph Chege Kamau was also arrested during the operation.

The firm also operates a real estate company called Dhahabu Land Limited.

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Boni Khalwale's Fighter Bull

Inasio, the prized bull belonging to Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, has killed its dedicated caretaker and trainer, Kizito Moi, aged 46.

The unfortunate incident unfolded within the confines of the bull’s den, with Moi’s lifeless body discovered on Sunday, January 28, 2024, bearing severe injuries on the neck, stomach, back, head, and buttocks.

Moi, who had devoted 24 years of his life to working with Senator Khalwale, was passionately committed to the training and well-being of Inasio, the reigning champion of the renowned bullfighting contest in Ikolomani.

Inasio, a five-year-old bull weighing 120kg, had recently clinched the title of reigning champion on January 1, 2024.

Senator Khalwale, expressing his profound shock, remarked that such incidents are rare, recalling the last similar event in Ikolomani, which happened three decades ago.

The tragedy unfolded when Moi failed to appear for breakfast, raising concerns among his colleagues. Upon investigation, his lifeless body was discovered in the bull’s den.

Speaking about the incident, Senator Khalwale said, “My farm has two sides – the dairy part and the bull. The deceased was purely working on the side of the bull – training it and taking care of its wellbeing. In the morning, he failed to report to work, and everybody got concerned. My wife asked his colleagues to check on him from his house. But while they were heading to the house, they checked in the bull’s den, and that is when they discovered his body lying in a pool of blood.”

Austin Munasia, the treasurer of the Kakamega Bullfighting Association, has called for a thorough investigation into the incident, raising the possibility of foul play.

He suggested that the killer bull undergo traditional rituals in the bullfighting field, where people scramble for its body parts.

In line with the traditions of the Idakho and Isukha sub-tribes, when a bull participating in bullfighting kills a person, its body parts are shared while the animal is still alive.

Participants cut their share and run away until the bull falls dead, and the meat is then distributed randomly.

Senator Khalwale assured that the traditional process of managing such a disaster would commence promptly, with the conclusion slated for a day after the burial of the deceased.

He emphasized that the incident would be treated as an unfortunate accident, following all the laid-down procedures to leave nothing to chance.

According to tradition, individuals caring for bulls in bullfighting contests are typically bachelors without children. The politician assured that he was coordinating with Mr. Moi’s family members to ensure the deceased receives a decent send-off.

Bullfighting is a cultural sport common in Western Kenya especially Kakamega county where people breed bulls for the purpose of fighting competitions.

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A family in Nyeri is still in shock after a body of their missing kin was found in a water tank.

The body of the woman identified as Sarah Wairuri aged 47 years was recovered in a 3000-litre water tank at her home.

The woman went missing four days ago in Kiruga village, Nyeri County.

According to reports, the deceased’s daughter informed the family that an unpleasant smell and flies were coming from the tank.

This forced the family to alert the authorities, who, on checking, recovered the body.

The family now wants police to speed up investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding Wairuri’s death.

Recently, there has been an outcry over an increase in the femicide cases across the country.

The most recent cases are the gruesome murders of Rita Waeni, a JKUAT student who was butchered at an Airbnb apartment in Roysambu, and Scarlet Wahu, a socialite who was murdered by John Matara at an apartment in South B.

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20-year-old woman whose dismembered body was discovered at a residential apartment in Nairobi’s Roysambu area

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have unmasked the area where the main suspect in the gruesome murder of JKUAT student Rita Waeni Muendo used to stay.

According to a detective who spoke in confidence to one of the leading local dailies, the main suspect was traced to Ruaka in the days leading to the incident.

The detective noted that the killer had also spent half of the day in Ruaka on the same day he met his victim, a clear indication that it was likely his area of residence.

He would then go to Roysambu where he booked an Airbnb apartment along TRM Drive.

Rita Waeni Muendo’s family said the 20-year-old left her aunt’s residence in Syokimau to meet with a friend.

Her father would later receive a message delivered from her phone number on Sunday at about 5:00am, demanding a ransom of Ksh. 500,000 within 24 hours to secure her release.

The family then reported the matter to the police and DCI for investigations.

The body parts of the student, who was due to join her fourth year of university, were discovered inside a trash bag in an Airbnb apartment in TRM Drive, Roysambu, by the caretaker on Sunday.

Her head was however missing.

Detectives are still searching for Ms Muendo’s head and her personal belongings including her clothes and mobile phone.

On Tuesday, police arrested a male foreign national at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on suspicion of being involved in the murder.

The suspect was travelling using a Mozambican passport and was intercepted before boarding a plane after he reportedly raised suspicion.

He was interrogated at the airport before being transferred to the Kasarani Police Station pending identification.

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The macabre killing of a young woman at an Airbnb in Nairobi continues to send shockwaves across the country.

Mutilated body parts of a 24-year-old woman were found stashed at a dustbin in Roysambu on Sunday, January 14. This was just a day after she checked into a rented apartment with an unidentified man, believed to be a Nigerian.

The woman, who has been identified by her family, was lured to her death through Instagram, with the guy promising her a good time.

Kenyans have taken to social media to not only grief the untimely demise of the university student but also to ask why Nigerian criminals are allowed to roam Nairobi carefree.

Roysambu, coincidentally the scene of the macabre killing, is a hotspot for Nigerian men, who spent their time committing online crimes and having good times with young Kenyan women.

The Roysambu murder is not the first crime to be linked to a Nigerian man. Former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i is on record questioning the presence of Nigerian men in Kenya.

In 2019, Matiang’i accused Nigerian men of confusing Kenyan girls to marry them.

“Drug dealers have come to Nairobi and they have confused our girls. They live with them and when police come to arrest them (drug dealers), they claim they are married to a Kenyan,” the no-nonsense CS said at the time.

Matiang’i led a crackdown on illegal immigrants, deporting hundreds of West Africans who were allegedly engaging in crime in Nairobi.

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Mumias East MP Peter Salasya has been set free after he had been apprehended following an assault against a Kakamega Member of County Assembly on Friday.

The controversial youthful lawmaker was freed on a Ksh.50,000 police cash bail and is set to appear in court on Tuesday, January 16.

Salsya is facing charges of assault, causing physical harm and creating a disturbance in a way that could lead to a breach of peace.

Salasya was on Friday caught on camera slapping Peter Walunya, the area MCA while attending a funeral in Mumias.

In a video that has since gone viral on social media platforms, Salasya is heard imploring the MCA to sit down and after he failed to comply, he landed on him with a hot slap.

The incident stirred mixed reactions on social media, with a section of Kenyans including politicians calling out the MP for his actions.

Police say that during the incident, two of Salasya’s security personnel allegedly fired shots into the air.

 

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Mumias East Member of Parliament Peter Salasya has been arrested for assaulting MCA Peter Walunya at a burial in Mumias, Kakamega County.

While attending a funeral in his constituency, Salasya could not withstand the fact that he was supposed to address mourners alongside other local politicians.

After grabbing the microphone, the MP condoled with the family of the deceased but as he wrapped up his speech, he spotted the MCA who had lined up for a chance to speak.

PK Salasya then angrily ordered the local politician to go and sit down.

However, the adamant politician stood still and before he could realize, Salasya had already landed on him with a hot slap.

The lawmaker’s security officers on noticing that the local politician would fight back, they hurriedly rushed to the scene and fought him away, to protect their boss.

The actions have attracted the wrath of Kenyans on social media, with a section of politicians joining the course.

Salasya has been put on the chopping board, and is being roasted for his unending controversies.

It should be remembered that not long ago, the MP was at the center of a controversy that saw goons attack him and destroy the rear windscreen of his luxury vehicle during the burial of former nominated senator Godliver Omondi in Mumias, Kakamega County.

In May last year, he was again attacked while addressing Mumias Sugar issues at a local event attended by Kakamega governor Fernandes Barasa.

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President William Ruto has demolished a house belonging to one of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet Secretaries.

In the head of state’s move to pave way for his affordable housing project, the luxurious house of former Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed was not spared.

Bulldozers landed on the posh house in Kakamega’s Milimani Estate and brought it down, despite a court order stopping the demolition, that had seen it spared in October last year.

Unknown people are said to have stormed the compound on Monday night and demolished the residential house, as the caretaker watched helplessly.

They made sure that the house had been completely damaged, before leaving.

The government has been demolishing houses in the area to pave way for the affordable housing project.

The house which is registered under the name of Lucas Nandih Shamalla, had been sold on August 7, 2019 to Esmael Mohamed Jibril, the late brother to ex-CS Amina Mohamed.

It is Amina Mohamed who has been living in the house, as his late brother was based in the US.

At some point, Amina Mohammed expressed her interest for the Kakamega gubernatorial seat, but later shelved her ambitions.

In a video shared by Daily Nation, Kakamega residents are seen scrambling for the remains of the materials.

Most of them are seen carrying iron sheets and metallic materials, with some noting that they had at least earned something from the demolition.

The Environment and Land Court in Kakamega had, however, issued injunctive orders on October 11, 2023 restraining the government from interfering with or taking possession of the property pending hearing and determination of a suit filed by Shamalla.

President Ruto has been firm on the affordable housing project, insisting that there is no one that is going to stop him from delivering his key agenda, which he says was in his campaign manifesto.

This has put him at war with the Judiciary which he has accused of colluding with his enemies to sabotage his development projects through court orders.

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NaxVegas Club owner

Police officer suspected of shooting and killing the owner of NaxVegas club, Laura Kwisira and a bar maid, Ann Maina in Nakuru over a Sh16,000 bill will face two counts of murder charges, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has said.

Police Constable Nicholas Musau attached to Nakuru Central Police Station on the night of December 12, 2023, shot four people at the club, among them two bouncers.

He was then arrested and presented into court two days later on a miscellaneous application, but had not yet been charged.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) took over the matter from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on December 22 last year and realised that there were gaps in the police file.

However, the ODPP has issued a statement confirming that the officer will face two counts of murder.

In a statement posted via social media accounts, the ODPP says IPOA had submitted an inquiry file and having reviewed it, it was satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to sustain a charge of murder.

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Road accident along Nakuru-Eldoret Road

Fifteen people have died and several others injured in a grisly accident involving a bus and a Northways Shuttle along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

According to the police, the accident happened in the wee hours of Tuesday, January 9, 2023, at Twin Bridge bridge area.

The Northways shuttle collided head-on with the bus belonging to Classic Kings of Congo, claiming 15 lives on the spot.

Several other people were injured and were rushed to Molo Sub-County Hospital by police officers from Mau Summit Police Station who responded to the scene.

Accidents along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway have been on the rise in the recent past, with the National Police Service now appealing to all motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads to prevent road crashes.

On January 6, 2024, at about 0500hrs at Mustard area along Nakuru-Eldoret highway, a fatal road traffic accident involving 3 Isuzu motor vehicles and a Mercedes Benz trailer claimed one life and left several other passengers injured.

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Road Accident Along Narok-Bomet Road

A grisly road accident involving a Toyota Hiace matatu belonging to Transcar Galaxy Sacco and Mitsubishi Fuso lorry Tegero area along Narok-Bomet road has left one person dead and several others injured.

According to the police, the accident happened at about 0115hours on Monday, January 8, 2024.

The accident happened a s a result of a head-on collision.

The driver of the Toyata Hiace matatu died on the spot. Five passengers sustained serious injuries while 11 others were slightly injured.

The injury victims were all rushed to Narok County Referral Hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

The deceased’s body was also moved to the same hospital’s mortuary where it will undergo autopsy.

Police officers from Ololulunga Police Station processed the scene.

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