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Teen makes about-turn after shocking court with guilty plea to rape

A 19-year-old casual labourer charged with robbery with violence admitted to raping his victim but changed mind and denied the charges after members of public in court expressed shock.

Zakayo Musyoki allegedly ambushed the woman and violently robbed her of her phone valued at Sh3, 999 at knife-point in the wee hours of September 26 in Kahawa West.

He then dragged her into a roadside drainage where he raped her while threatening her with a knife.

Musyoki fled thereafter and the victim sought help from a bodaboda who took her to Maziwa police post. On the way, they spotted Musyoki and alerted a police officer.

EXHIBIT

The officer arrested the suspect and allegedly found him with the woman’s phone. The phone has been kept as an exhibit in the case.

The woman had gone to meet her husband who was traveling to Nairobi.

Musyoki denied the charges before Makadara chief magistrate Heston Nyaga.

He was freed on a surety bond of Sh500,000. The case will be mentioned on October 16.

Kitany to attend Linturi’s father’s burial even as divorce case rages in court

Maryanne Kitany, the estranged ‘wife’ of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, says she is planning to attend the funeral of the senator’s father.

The send-off is set for Igembe, in Meru on Tuesday and Kitany’s presence is certain to raise many eyebrows, given that the couple are currently locked in a messy court battle to determine whether they, indeed, are husband and wife.

Kitany says the couple, who have admitted living together, married under customary law but Kinturi maintains that he just welcomed her to his home as a ‘visitor’.

The outcome of the case will thus determine whether the deceased is indeed Kitany’s legal father-in-law or not.

Transgender activist Audrey Mbugua gets updated KCSE certificate

Transgender activist Audrey Ithibu Mbugua has been issued with a new Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination certificate.

This is after the high court ruled in favour of Audrey’s bid to have her named changed from Andrew Mbugua to Audrey Mbugua.

The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) however challenged the ruling at the court of appeal, which however upheld the decision.

Audrey took to social media on Monday to share her joy of finally getting the academic paper capturing her new gender identity.

“I am happy KNEC complied with the orders of the court and issued me with a new certificate. I urge other transgender people who have changed their names to apply for new certificates. I thank all those who supported me and my transgender family. You chose the side of winners and you definitely chose justice,” she posted on facebook.”


Audrey, was born and raised as Andrew Ithibu Mbugua and during his secondary education, he attended Kiambu High School, a boys only school, where he sat his KCSE exam in 2001 and scored a mean grade of A- (minus).

Like other certificates, Ms Mbugua’s was inscribed with the mark ‘M’ denoting the male gender. The mark has now been changed to ‘I’ to signify intersex.

In January 2012, by gazette notice, she renounced the name Andrew and assumed ‘Audrey Ithibu Mbugua’.

She then requested Knec to effect the changes in her exam certificate but the council dismissed her request forcing her to move to court.

High court Justice Weldon Korir ruled in her favour but in opposing the ruling at the appellate court, Knec argued that the certificate was issued based on the registration particulars “under which he registered for the examination”.

The appellate court went ahead and upheld the high court decision, compelling Knec to change her academic certificate to reflect ‘her’ new identity.

In August, the national census exercise included the intersex persons, making Kenya the first country in Africa to recognize her intersex population.

Ex-NMG Scribe Accused of Using Cohen’s Death for Personal Gain

Former radio presenter and Daily Nation writer Ciku Muiruri rubbed netizens the wrong way after in a post she shared on her Facebook page regarding slain Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen.

In a lengthy post shared on Friday, September 13, 2019, the journalist and author gave a detailed account of the day she allegedly interacted with the Cohens.

She gave a brief narration of the day she interacted with murdered Dutch businessman Tob Cohen and his widow Sarah Wairimu at their home in Kitisuru, adding that the couple bought her book Love is But a Dream.

Former Radio Presenter Ciku Muiruri. Kenyans accused her of exploiting Tob Cohen's death for personal gain
Former Radio presenter Ciku Muiruri. She has been accused of exploiting Tob Cohen’s death for personal gain after posting about her encounter with the slain billionaire.

“I knew Tob Cohen. I was fortunate enough to visit their home late last year. He and Sarah, have a lovely home, well put together. They both bought a copy of #LoveisButADream,” read an excerpt of her Facebook post.

It was the latter that incensed Kenyans, who took to her page and gave her an earful.

“We are here mourning a life that has been gruesomely lost and instead of you condemning the act you here talking about the dogs and bonding? As if that’s the most important thing here. As if that’s not enough you go ahead and start advertising your senseless book at someone’s funeral? what’s wrong with you?” Stanley Kinyua posted.

Some were quick to point out the irony of selling a book titled ‘love is but a dream’ to a couple that ended up totally broken.

“If only you had not sold them that book….maybe Cohen would still be alive today,” Onyango Victor posted.

Here are a few more responses to Ciku Muiruris story:

Snapshot of some of the messages posted in response to Ciku Muiruri's facebook post about the late Tob Cohen
A snapshot of some of the messages posted in response to Ciku Muiruri’s Facebook post about the late Tob Cohen. 
Snapshot of some of the messages posted on Ciku Muiruri's timeline
A snapshot of some of the messages posted on Ciku Muiruri’s timeline.

How police bungled case of carjacker who stole former NTV employee’s ID

Last week, detectives arrested two people they believed to be a part of a criminal ring behind car thefts at Thika Road Mall (TRM), Garden City Mall and its environs.

While making public the arrests, the police said the two suspects – Kelvin Mokaya and Moses Alimlim – often pose as gym members and then access the changing rooms, steal car keys before driving away with stolen vehicles.

LOST WALLET

The two where later arraigned in court.

But the whole incident has now taken a new twist after it emerged that one of the suspects used an identification card he had stolen from the said gym and identified himself as Kelvin Mokaya.

Apparently, the police had caught their man, but fell for his false identification.

Mr Mokaya is a former employee of NTV and is also a member of the gym located at TRM.

Speaking to Nairobi News Mokaya narrated how he recently lost his wallet which contained all his documents and his mobile phone at the gym.

He reported the matter at Kasarani Police Station on the same day and recorded a statement (OB No. 100/5/9/19).

According to Mokaya, he did not give much thought about it and because he was taking a short vacation, he called Safaricom and told them to deactivate his number just in case the thieves use his number because they had all his documents.

IDENTITY FRAUD

He only found out that using his names had been arrested a few days later on social media after friends started tagging him because no one could reach him.

After he returned to Nairobi, he went straight to Kasarani Police Station and asked about the progress of his case while at the same time inquiring about the latest development of a suspect who had used his stolen ID to identify himself.

An investigator at the police station, who is handling his case, said she was following up on the matter, this is even after Mokaya produced his passport to show that he was the same person on the ID and everything matched.

“While I’m not aware of the resemblance between the suspect and I, I feel that this is a case of incompetence within the police service as the investigating team did not take their time to verify if indeed the suspect was who he claims to be,” said Mokaya.

He wonders why the police did not take their time to go through the OB, especially when several claims of theft had been filed from the same location.

“Had they taken their time to check the reports from the scene where the arrest was made, they would have flagged this as case of identity fraud,” he added.

The suspect was arraigned at Makadara Law Court on September 11, 2019 under the same name to take a plea and was granted a cash bail of Sh20,000.

TAKEN TO COURT

Luckily he was yet to be released by the time Mokaya reported the matter.

Mokaya says almost a week after he presented himself to the Kasarani Police Station, only the court has given a production order for the suspect to be taken back to the police station for them to prepare fresh charges before taking him to court.

He adds that the police have been dragging their feet on this matter and are yet to take even his statement.

“I have spent the last five days visiting the station and requesting them to take my statement and also check the documents in possession of the suspect to verify if they are mine but this is yet to happen,” he says.

According to Mokaya, all he wants is to have his name cleared in the matter.

“I therefore call upon the relevant authorities to look into this matter so that is expedited and that I may be cleared to go back to my normal life,” he says.

Kasarani police are yet to get back to us on our inquiries on Mr Mukaya’s case.

Deadline for withdrawal of old Sh1,000 banknotes won’t be extended, CBK says

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor, Dr Patrick Njoroge, has said the deadline for the withdrawal of the old Sh1,000 banknote will not be extended.

Dr Njoroge, while speaking in Narok during the Churchill Show live recording, reiterated that the deadline for demonetization of the old Sh1,000 banknote remains to be September 30, as earlier stated.

“Let me take this chance to remind everyone that the deadline for demonetization will still be on September 30. Hope all of you are ready. Make sure you are not left with the old Sh 1,000 note,” Njoroge said at Narok Stadium on Saturday night.

The CBK governor used the opportunity to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Badilisha noti za elfu moja sasa’ (Exchange Sh1 000 notes now).

The campaign is meant to educate the public on the importance of exchanging the old notes with the new banknotes, which were launched on June 1, 2019 and have been on circulation since then.

SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN

For the last one month, CBK has been on a countrywide sensitization campaign ahead of September 30 deadline for the demonetization of the old-generation Sh1,000 banknotes.

During the campaign in Kwale, Dr Njoroge said the bank had not received as much of the old notes as it had anticipated.

The introduction of the new banknotes was meant to disrupt the multi-billion shillings fake currency business in Kenya and across the region.

This however is far from being achieved as fake money in circulation has been reported in many parts of the country.

City traders put on notice for encroaching on drainage and sewer lines

City Hall has put on notice traders who have erected stalls on drainage and sewer lines to vacate and seek alternative spaces to do business.

The traders have been accused of frustrating efforts to unclog drainage system in the county through dumping of solid waste.

Nairobi County Environment executive Vesca Kangongo said that the traders, especially those in slum areas, have irregularly erected racks and stalls on the lines.

“Most of the illegal dumping is done by traders selling vegetables, bananas, maize and electronic traders within residential estates. The traders are expected to have dust bins for their waste but majority of them have defied,” said Ms Kangogo.

She said they will soon arrest them for breaking the law by deliberately dumping the waste contrary to laid down regulations.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

“The county does not plan to frustrate efforts by young entrepreneurs to make ends meet, but it wants to make the environment they operate in clean,” she said.

Early this year, Governor Mike Sonko directed his officers to fully implement the Nairobi City County Solid Waste Management Act to rein on such cases of perennial pollution of the environment.

He said the county has set aside Sh2.7 billion in the current financial year for expansion of water and sewerage infrastructure.

The unclogging of the drainage systems within Nairobi City estates and major highways is still ongoing.

Malindi pastor who was arrested with firearm to face criminal charges in court

A Malindi-based pastor and two others will be arraigned in court on Monday after they were arrested on Saturday in connection with alleged criminal activities in Watamu.

Malindi sub-county Police Commander Phillip Wambugu told journalists that the three were arrested at Timboni area.

During the arrest, a firearm and several rounds of ammunition were recovered.

“We started investigating the three after tip off from members of the public. The investigations led us to arrest them. We assure the informers that we shall protect their confidentiality,” Wambugu said.

“We recovered four smart phones and eight sim cards from the suspects when our officers stormed their house. Five identity cards belonging to suspected victims of crimes were also recovered,” he added.

The Malindi police boss further said the owners of the ID cards recovered will be contacted through the office of the registrar of persons.

Mariga to know his fate in Kibra by-election on Monday

Kenyan football star McDonald Mariga will on Monday know his fate in his bid to score a political goal to become the next Member of Parliament for Kibra or if he will watch it from the touchline.

This is according to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, who chaired the commission’s Disputes Tribunal which is hearing the petition against invalidation of his candidature.

Beatrice Muli, the Kibra by-election Returning Officer who invalidated Mariga’s eligibility to vie for the seat on Tuesday, said she could not find the candidate’s name in the IEBC register and nomination check list.

Muli said Mariga and his Jubilee Party skipped a pre-nomination meeting where all nominated candidates present themselves at the constituency IEBC office for registration for the mini-poll.

“After a party nominates a candidate, the next step is for the candidate with a party official to present themselves to the electoral office for registration of the candidate. Neither the Jubilee Party nor its candidate were present for the exercise,” Muli told the tribunal.

“I even tried calling the party but my calls went answered. I am guided by the law and the constitution and that is what I followed when Mr Mariga presented himself on September 10, 2019.”

She further confirmed that the ICT voters’ registration list was up to date, but could not verify whether the hardcopy version was updated.

Ishmail Yasim, the Assistant Registration Officer for Starehe Constituency, the confirmed to have personally registered the footballer as a voter in Starehe on August 26, 2019 and issued him with an acknowledgement slip at 12:05pm.

This was more than a week after Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, officially declared the Kibra constituency parliamentary seat vacant following the death of area MP Ken Okoth.

Mariga was present during the hearing accompanied by his lawyers and a number of Jubilee officials.

Boni Khalwale called Mariga a hustler’s son. Big mistake!

Kenyans on Twitter have trolled former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale after he suggested that McDonald Mariga has been denied a chance to contest for Kibra seat because he is a hustler’s son.

“I come from a most unquequal country where Kennedy Kalonzo (former VP Kalonzoi Musyoka’s son) and Oburu Odinga (Raila Odinga’s brother) are gifted free parliamentary seats in East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) but Mariga (a hustler’s son) is being denied a chance to compete for a seat in Kibra. The Hutsler nation will speak,” wrote Khalwale on Twitter.

But a section of Khalwale’s followers would hear none of it.

RUTO’S DAUGHTER

One Allen Mawili poked holes in Khalwale’s assertion by pointing out that DP Ruto’s daughter June had recently landed a lucrative government appointment.

Allen Justice Mawili@ArllenceReplying to @KBonimtetezi and 2 others

I really feel ur pain, imagine June Ruto, DP Ruto’s daughter in her early 20s is a Polish Charge D’Affaires, where she heads Kenya’s embassy in the absence of an ambassador. While Dr khalwale being a medical doc and serious leader is her dad’s blogger and spanner boy

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I am Gathoni meanwhile showed a photo of one of Mariga’s flashy cars while wondering whether indeed, the former Inter Milan midfielder was a hustler.

“You guys thought Kibra by-election was an opportunity for you to bash Raila, little did you know that your candidate wasn’t a registered voter,” another user wrote.

“If he (Mariga) has never bothered to elect anyone why should someone bother to elect him?” yet another one posed.