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BREAKING NEWS: 18 year old man arrested in Alabama over killing of Mike Mulwa

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Police in Birmingham, Alabama, have arrested a man they believe fatally shot Mike Mulwa Ngangi, a 29 year old Kenyan entrepreneur, at a gas station in on Parkway East.

The suspect, 18 year old Chandler Bryant of Birmingham, is being charged with capital murder and has been denied bond.

He is suspected of fatally shooting Mr Mulwa on June 3rd at a Citgo Gas Station where the victim was working. Police at the time determined robbery was involved.

READ: Shock as Kenyan entrepreneur, creator  of 254 brand shot and killed in Birmingham, Alabama

Authorities confirmed to Kenya Satellite Network on Tuesday evening that they had a suspect in their custody and he  would be arraigned soon.

“Yes I can confirm that we have a suspect in custody and will release his name as soon as we are done processing him,” said a Birmingham police officer.

Authorities later released the name of the suspect as Chandler Bryant.

Local media outlets report that he will be charged with capital murder.

(We shall update this story as more details become available).

Mulwa died  nine days ago following what police believe was an altercation with the assailant.

Last Sunday, exactly a week after Mulwa’s death, the  Kenyan community in Atlanta held a memorial service at the Kenyan American  Community Church where they also raised funds to help transport the body to Kenya for burial.

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Hundreds -many of whom did not even know the man – packed the church to show solidarity and console his family and friends.

“The circumstances under which he died, coupled with the fact that he was a very popular young man, have brought together the largest Kenyan gatherings I have ever seen,” said Koki Mugo.

It was an emotional moment as those who spoke demanded justice and expressed hope that the killer of the man described as a free-spirited-happy-go-lucky Kenyan who was a role model to fellow youth would be brought to book.

“He was murdered senselessly, because the killer did not give him a chance to live his full life,” Ngangi’s cousin Eric Sukulu said.

Until his death, Mr Mulwa was living in Atlanta, Georgia, while working in Alabama.

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The Daily Nation – a Kenyan newspaper – reported that Mulwa was at the petrol station which had a history of robberies and shoplifting. It had been robbed on the previous day and the robbers had warned him not to report to the police.

“On Friday two people robbed the store but managed to steal a cigar but warned him not to report to the police, but being the States, he would have been accused of being an accomplice and so he reported,” said Mr Mutuku.

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On Saturday night one of the robbers came back and confronted him on why he had reported the robbery and he shot him.

Mr Mutuku said that after the shooting, his brother managed to call the first name in his phonebook saved as Agnes and told her to call 911 to report that he had been shot before passing out.

Police responded in about 12 mins. They found two people trying to resuscitate him after the 11.30pm shooting.

“Mulwa was rushed to the University of Alabama trauma hospital where he underwent surgery but died from the gunshot wound at 4.30am on Sunday,” read a statement from the police.

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Vincent Mulandi, a cousin, said that 254 is an empire that Kenyans and the whole world acknowledge.

Mr Mulandi said Mr Mulwa had once told the owner of the building to put up a bulletproof glass wall following another robbery in December last year.

Mr Mulandi said he and his brother grew up together and he is yet to come to terms with his death and that he deserved a decent send-off.

He said his smile was contagious and helped anyone who approached him with problems as he never lacked solutions.

His mother, Violent Mueni, father, Councillor Ngangi, and his only surviving brother, Mutuku, live in Kathonzweni.

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Mr Mulwa, who moved to the US in 2008, leaves behind a pregnant widow and two children.

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Police investigate Margaret Nganga’s death as family reels in shock

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Police in Canton, Georgia, say an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of a 44-year-old Kenyan-born nurse whose body was found  in her car Tuesday night at the parking garage of Northside Hospital-Cherokee, about 40 miles North of the city of Atlanta.

The body of Margaret Nganga, 44, who worked at the hospital, was discovered by a security guard.

Northside Hospital spokesperson Katherine Watson said that the institution’s administration and coworkers were shocked by the incident.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” she added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the nurse’s family, friends and co-workers.”

On Thursday, Canton Police Department spokesman Pacer Cordry said There was no evidence of foul play or nothing evident to indicate a medical issue.

“At this point it doesn’t look suspicious,” he said. “However, a postmortem will be conducted to determine a cause of death,” he added.

According to the hospital spokesperson, Margaret  was expected at work on Monday but did not report as scheduled.

A hospital security guard later discovered her body in her car, Cordry said.

“The security guard was looking for her but she didn’t show up for work.”” Cordry said. ”

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Ms Ng’anga’s death has shocked the Kenyan community in metropolitan Atlanta, many of whom knew her.

An aerial view of Northside Hospital-Cherokee. PHOTO/COURTESY

Below is a message from Margaret’s first born daughter, Mercy Nganga:

 

BY MERCY NGANGA

On Monday May 21st 2018, my loving mom went to work and did not make it back home.  My mom was a healthy nurse and always jovial as any 43 year lady would be. There were no signs of illness neither did she complain of any ailments.

Her sudden death has left our family saddened and baffled as to the cause. We are left to plan for an event every human being avoids thinking of- laying one’s loved one to rest.
As we await police investigations, my 3 siblings, dad and I are seeking any help you can accord to deal with this tragedy.

Click here to support the funeral arrangements:

GOFUNDME – Margaret Nganga Memorial Fund

 

Northside Hospital-Cherokee

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It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that Margaret Nganga wife to Daniel Kimani (General) of Acworth, Georgia passed on Tuesday, May 22nd 2018.

She leaves behind four young children; Mercy, Evah, Ben and Mumbi.

Prayers

Family, Friends and well-wishers are meeting daily for prayers from 7pm at

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KACC: 771 Elberta Dr. Marietta, GA. 30066

 

Memorial & Celebration of Life

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 1PM at

KACC: 771 Elberta Dr. Marietta, GA. 30066

 

Financial Support:

Bank: Bank of America

Account name: Kenneth Nganga & Mary Njambi Kinyanjui

Account# 3340 5449 7557  /  City: Acworth / Zip Code: 30101

 

CashApp: 678-933-9427

 

 

Contact:

Virginia Miringu 770 815 5525

Jeremiah Thuku 404 642 7729

Kate Njeri 770 826 2738

Titus Ngugi 404 579 0802

SK Kimani 404 482 8923

 

Other arrangements will be communicated as they become available.

Please uplift the family with prayers.

May her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace

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Kenyans in Diaspora condemn 15 year jail term for woman who had sex with a boy

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News that a 24-year-old woman was on Wednesday jailed by a Kisumu court after she admitted that she had sex a 16-year-old boy, has riled a section of Kenyans in the Diaspora.

Judith Wandera was found guilty of defilement and intentionally performing indecent act on a minor contrary to Sexual Offences Act, on July 5, 2017 at Kicomi area.

READ THE STORY HERE: Kenyan woman slapped with a 15 year jail term for raping a 15 year old boy

The case has generated debate with many Kenyans, including senior lawyers, terming the sentence unfair in the circumstances.

Writing in various Kenyan Diaspora Facebook groups, many are questioning the rationale used at reaching the decision by Chief Magistrate JN Wambilyanga.

Most comments seen by ksnmedia.com appear to suggest that although the two had sex, it was consensual and there was no way for the woman to tell that the “man” was actually a minor.

Maggie Marikah Kwabena of Atlanta wrote: The word rape is being bandied around too loosely here.

John Kariuki wrote: The so called boy was a big man complete with dreadlocks. You would think he was older than the woman. What did you expect her to do? Ask for his ID.

Jacinta Kemunto wrote: Too harsh a sentence. These magistrates are so quick to punish people waliokuwa kwa raha zao yet it takes decades to jail maize smugglers and members of the various cartels. Give us a break.

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Babiekk wrote: Who is complaining? The magistrate should look at merits and demerits carefully. Why waste the life of a woman whose only sin is to be seduced?

This was happening as a law firm, Dome and Kedogo Advocates, volunteered to appeal jail sentence pro bono (free of charge).

Wandera, who did not have a lawyer, did not present any witness during the case and instead, sought to prove that she never thought the boy was a minor since they met in a club in the Kondele slums where he offered to buy her alcohol and they started dating.

In her defence, she said looking at his physical appearance, the boy, a thread-locked boda boda rider, did not appear a minor. They had dated for one year before they were arrested on July 17 last year after the boy’s mother lodged a petition. She added he used to smoke bhang.

Ms Wandera, a single-mother of one, did not dispute the affair, a factor the magistrate took into account in sentencing her.

“Both admitted having sex, sometimes protected, sometimes unprotected. According to her, she could not tell how many times they did it,” said Ms Wambilyanga in her ruling.

However, critics have taken issue with the ruling, saying the magistrate failed to take into account provisions in the Sexual Offences Act, which allow for misleading physical appearances to be used as a defence by the accused and instead ruling she should have made effort to determine his age.

She added that the two were arrested twice and on those occasions asked to stop the relationship after the complainant’s mother raised the age-difference issue, but the woman ignored.

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“The mother was not happy because the woman was older,” said the magistrate.

In her mitigation, Wandera asked for forgiveness, saying she has a son, a brother and her mother she was taking care of.

“I am the only person taking care of all of them. Please forgive me I will never repeat the offence,” she pleaded to no avail.

Among those who have questioned the ruling are lawyers Kamotho Waiganjo, Nelson Havi and Wahome Thuku. Those who reacted to their various positions challenged them to take up the issue on a pro bono basis.

 

Nelson-Havi Law firm to appeal Judith Wandera's 15-year jail termImplementation of the Sexual Offences Act, which was originated by then Nominated MP Njoki Ndung’u, now Supreme Court Judge, has been problematic as it sets a minimum jail term of 15 years giving little leeway to judges and magistrates to consider other circumstances.

Critics also three parallels with the 2016 ruling by Justice Said Chitembwe, which set free Martin Charo, 24, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old on the basis that crying was not enough evidence of defilement and that she “enjoyed it.”

Nelson-Havi Law firm to appeal Judith Wandera's 15-year jail term“Where the child behaves like an adult and willingly sneaks into men’s houses for purposes of having sex, the court ought to treat such a child as a grown up who knows what she is doing. She went to the appellant’s place to have sex. She had known the appellant for about three years. She dodged her brothers after going to the beach and sneaked into the appellant’s house,” he argued.

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The ruling was awarded the Golden Bludgeon in Spain on Wednesday by Women’s Link Worldwide, beating 18 other cases to emerge the world’s worst ruling for women’s rights in 2016. The State appealed the ruling.

Others have, however, defended Wandera’s jail term, saying defilement of minors, especially, girls has become rampant with many being wooed by money and presents, including sanitary towels.

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Majanja’s body received in Nairobi, to be buried Saturday in Kakamega

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The body of Timothy Majanja, a 71-year-old homeless Kenyan who has been living in the United States and who, at one point, wanted to return home after 46 years in North America, arrived in Nairobi Thursday ready for burial in Lubao Village, Kakamega County on Saturday.

His body was received by Umash Funeral home in the Kenyan capital before it was transported by road to its final resting place in Kakamega.

Majanja died last month at at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta where he had been rushed in an ambulance while in critical condition.

Medical personnel at the hospital said he died from complications emanating to an earlier ailment which led to him having “extremely high blood pressure.”

Soon after receiving the news of his death, Majanja’s relatives in Lubao, Kakamega, expressed their wish that the body could be flown home for burial.

On Thursday, Protus told Ksnmedia that he was very happy that the body arrived home.

“Is this what we would have wished? Of course not…but I can tell you  that we are very delighted to see the body of  Mzee Majanja. This will bring some form of closure,” he said.

“We were devastated by the news and the elders here couldn’t fathom the idea of their son being buried or cremated  in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from his ancestral home,” said Protus Muhanji Shikoli, Majanja’s nephew.

“We have been through a lot as a family….we wished we could see him alive but obviously, it was not meant to be,” he added.

After Majanja’s death, well wishers, friends and family members got together and raised enough money to pay for the services at West Cobb Funeral home where the body was preserved and also to repatriate it to Kenya for burial.

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“Let us never grow weary of doing good,” said Pastor Salania Salania quoting part of a Biblical verse (Galatians 6:9 when Apostle Paul was writing to the Galatians). He was one of the organizers of a  fundraiser held at believers’ Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where close to $7,000 was raised. Most of those who contributed money had not even met Majanja in person. “We didn’t have to know him to help,” added Mr Salania.

According to Ms Catherine Ogembo, Majanja’s niece who lives in the New Hope City in Minnesota, and who is accompanying the boday, her uncle’s final journey will be on Saturday when he will be laid to rest on his piece of land in Kakamega.

Mr Majanja was in the news in 2014 when NTV aired a story about his plight in which he appealed for help to return to Kenya after living in North America for an uninterrupted period of 46 years.

He told the Nation that he had had enough of the US and wanted to go back to Kenya and rejoin his family. He however did not have any travel documents.

Following the story, many Kenyans expressed their willingness to help him return home.

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Majanja left Kenya for Canada in 1968, moved to the state of Georgia in the United States in 1993, and has been living in squalor since losing his job 25 years ago.

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“I have been leading a miserable life here and it is high time I left this country,” he told this reporter in an interview on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, Georgia.

After the story aired, Mr Alphonce Shikoli, his elder brother, told NTV’s Namukabo Werunga that the family was excited to know that their relative was alive.

“We eagerly await the return of our ‘prodigal son’. We are fattening a bull to slaughter upon his arrival,” said Shikoli at his rural home in Lupao Village, Kakamega County.

 

In December of the same year, Majanja was hospialised at Grady Hospital where he had been taken after falling ill.

And in an email to the Nation then, an official at the Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC, said the hospital had been in touch, seeking help in tracing Mr Majanja’s relatives.

“But I was not able to talk to him as I was informed that he is not coherent,” said Ms Evelyn Cheluget, the then immigration attaché at the Kenyan mission.

In the 2014 interview which went viral,  Majanja, however, said he was stuck because he lost all his documents and cannot travel and appealed to the Kenyan Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to help him out.

POLITICAL OFFICE

In 1973, he was recruited by the Canadian government into the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he served before venturing into politics.

He run for political office as a city representative in Calgary, Alberta, before unsuccessfully contesting a vacant mayoral seat.

Mr Majanja, however, declined to disclose when or why he left the Canadian police service.

“That matter is confidential,” he said.

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After relocating to Atlanta, he worked for a transport company before losing his job.

“I lost my driver’s license and all the other documents which I had kept in a safe deposit at a local bank,” he said.

Mr Majanja said he has sought help several times from the US and Canadian governments without success.

“I have no single document and can’t travel anywhere,” he said, adding, “I appeal to the Kenyan embassy to give me some travel documents so I can visit my relatives back home.”




MARRIED TO CANADIAN

During the interview with the Nation, he showed photos of his sojourn in Canada in which he looked young and energetic.

“I married a Canadian lady and we had a son, but now I can’t even travel there to visit them,” he said.

“I thought I was strong enough, but now I need help,” added Majanja, who looked weak and a pale shadow of his former self.

Though hardly reported due to the stigma associated with homelessness, drug addiction or mental illness, cases of destitute Kenyans living in the United States have risen in recent years.

In 2012, the body of a homeless Kenyan was discovered in a lake near Boston, Massachusetts.

Early in 2014, police in Atlanta found a homeless and mentally unstable Kenyan man in a forest in Decatur, Georgia.

The authorities handed the man over to the pastor of a Kenyan community church who asked the congregation to raise money for his upkeep and eventual repatriation to Kenya.

In May of the same year, he was reunited with his family in Kenya.

Watch related video below: Is homelessness among Kenyans in US exaggerated?

 

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