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A man aged 41 years is fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked and sodomised by four young men in Murang’a.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the bizarre incident happened in Githiagara village in Kugumo, Murang’a County.

The man who was walking home at 1am on Tuesday was rushed to a Murang’a hospital while in serious condition.

At the time, he is said to have been coming from one of the local drinking joints. He was walking from Kahethu shopping centre to his home.

“The man was walking home from imbibing frothy waters with elders, when he was approached by the four, at around 1am. They immediately dragged him to a secluded area before they wrestled him to the ground and did the despicable act in turns,” reads part of the statement by DCI.

After the act, the man is said to have been left lying on the ground helpless.

Following the beastly incident, two suspects Bernard Kamande, 25 and Erick Kimani, 21 who were positively identified by the victim have been arrested and are currently being held at Muthithi Police Station.

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Several students from Gititu mixed secondary in Murang’a county were injured after a Neo Kenya bus they were travelling in overturned.

According to reports, the vehicle overturned a few moments after departing from the school.

While confirming the incident, Makuyu police boss Alexander Shikondi said the bus driver had perished in the accident.

The students were being ferried to their respective homes after they closed school on Monday morning, December 13, 2021.

Police reports indicate that the driver lost control of the vehicle at a sharp corner and the bus overturned with the students on board. 

Good Samaritans rushed to the crash site and helped pull the students out of the bus. Rescue teams helped to ferry the students to various hospitals in the county.

Police stated that six students were treated and discharged from the Makuyu sub-county hospital where they had been taken.

At Kenol hospital an additional six students were treated and discharged while one is admitted with a fractured hand. 

Two other female students were referred to Thika Level 5 hospital where they are currently under treatment.

Eight more students were taken to the Muranga level 5 hospital where they were treated and discharged. One student is currently admitted at the health facility while one more was referred to the Kenyatta national hospital with complex injuries.

The Neo Kenya vehicle was towed to the Makuyu police station. 

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A family from Gatuuma village in Kandara, Murang’a county says they are in distress for not being able to bury their kin two years after his death.

The family claims their is no road to access the village and they have to borrow neighbors to be allowed to access their homes.

The deceased’s brother, Michael Mwangi said that he passed on in 2019 but they were forced to return the body back to the morgue when their neighbors denied them to pass through their land.

Mwangi said this situation has led t pain and depression, leading to the death of another family member.

He said that during the burial of their father seven years ago, the neighbors allowed the family and mourners to pass through their farms but later turned their back on them forcing the mourners to look for an alternative route after the ceremony having blocked the way.

He said that for the past 14 years, they have been making attempts to have an access road to their village demarcated to no avail.

Mwangi said they were told to get the first edition of the demarcation map that was doe in 1963. He sad that even after visiting the Survey headquarters of Kenya in Nairobi, they were told the map could not be traced.

He said the map could have helped them identify where the access road was, a road he claims has been encroached by people who grabbed public land in the area.

Even after making several visits to lands office in Murang’a and Nairobi, they are given different answers.

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Women organizations and men advocacy groups in Murang’a have expressed their worries offer dwindling numbers of men in the region. They have warned that there might be a marriage crisis if this issue is not resolved. They attributed the dwindling numbers to mob lynching and imprisonment of young men.

Interior CS Kranja Kibicho while launching Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) against narcotics and illicit brews in Thika last week, he said that 30,000 youth in Central region have died since July 2015 and 40 percent are from Murang’a. This is at the time Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a crackdown on illicit brews in the area.

Central Region Commissioner Simon Nyagwanga added that the main threats against the boy child are being played out in the 280,855 population of those in the ages between 20 to 29 years. He said that the nonsense of illicit brews, mob lynching and narcotics and all threats to legit enterprise must be deal with firmly and in civility through education and religion.

In another event, Joseph Kibugi of the Kibugi wa Ihii Foundation said that the society must realize it is molding and empowering the girl child to become a family woman in an environment of depleting potential husbands. “Everyday, we see at least 400 boy child population being sentenced to jail in Murang’a courts. In the past one month, approximately 21 males here were killed by mob lynching,” said Kibugi.

He said before thinking of shipping women to be married, they should preserve their numbers to ensure they can bring in girls from other counties to ensure they sustain their population. Various groups blamed the DCI for failing to come up with a structured way of dealing with organized crime. They cited that this has led to mafia-like illicit brews, narcotics and vigilante cartels that have continued to threaten the male population.

Former Nyumba Kumi National Security Initiative Chairman Joseph Kaguthi said that what is happening in Murang’a is a calculated move to destroy families. He said while in office, he was privy to undeclared position that Murang’a County is a dumping area for illicit brews. He castigated the society for being hostile to men and does not care to correct the delinquents before they are jailed or lynched. He finished that Murang’a is a county that if not given special attention, will wipe out its men.

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The 2021 form one admissions which kicked off on Monday August 2 have been marred with corruption allegations after reports emerged that some schools are swapping the admission spots in favour of other students.

Form one students started reporting to school on Monday after sitting their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in March this year. 

For instance, a mother who took her daughter for Form One admission at Mugoiri Girls High School in Murang’a County was left in shock after she found out that the school had swapped her daughter’s spot.

The heartbroken mother who has been identified as Rachel Amogola broke down and cried, lamenting that the school was biased and intentionally denied the daughter admission at the school. 

This after they had travelled all the way from Bungoma County to the school that is in Central region of Kenya, only for her daughter to miss the spot.

The parent while speaking to he media said that she had spent her fortune purchasing learning materials and other necessities listed by the school which at last had offered the girl, Hildah Anatwa’s, spot to another parent. 

She cried hysterically while clutching admission documents and the girl’s pink suitcase. 

George Magoha (Education CS), what has my daughter done to deserve such punishment. She passed her exam and you, Oh God, guided her through it. You selected this school for her and provided all that she needed. Give me strength My Lord!” Amogola prayed in the vernacular Luhya dialect, in between her sobs. 

The mother complained that corruption had escalated in Kenya and even affected the education sector.

What pained her most was that the residents are law-abiding and work hard only to be disparaged by the few who enjoyed certain privileges. 

“I never miss tithing My God! I serve you in the church. Then why should you allow someone to mess with my daughter’s life? Fight for me!” she wailed as other parents and enrolling students watched sympathetically. 

The aggrieved parent urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene on her behalf as the situation was so heartbreaking. 

Her work, she stated, was to nurture and provide for her children as a loving parent. However, the alleged tribalism she faced was beyond her comprehension. 

“I have never known such pain. Who chose my daughter to join a school in Murang’a. I am exhausted after walking and travelling this long-distance,” she lamented. 

On Tuesday morning, August 3, the school issued a statement clarifying the issue. 

“The lady sought for a Form One transfer to Wambasa Secondary in Siaya county. The details of her relative who requested her transfer are available in Nemis. The school has no mandate to retransfer the student.

“The parent came to school accompanied by the media and despite being advised by the principal to be patient, she contacted the ministry and went ahead to create drama,” the statement read. 

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