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US-based Kenyan woman found guilty of murdering her husband

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A US-based Kenyan businesswoman has been found guilty of shooting and killing her husband three years ago.

Sheila Wanjiku was charged with murdering Leonard Kibinge on April 15, 2014 at Gitaru village, Kikuyu constituency.

Justice Jessie Lesiit on Monday found her guilty of pre-meditated murder.

Lessit pointed out there was no direct evidence linking her to the murder as the weapon used in the crime was never recovered.

But she said circumstantial evidence and inconsistencies in Wanjiku’s account of events were her undoing.

The judge held that the woman’s innocence was not sufficiently proven.

“The murder weapon was not recovered and produced in court. Failure to do so was, however, not fatal to the prosecution’s case as police were not at the scene during the incident and the accused had time to dispose of the weapon.”

Wanjiku had claimed she and her husband were kidnapped that night and that it was the kidnappers who killed Kibinge.

In her testimony, the woman said she walked away when she heard a blast before their car crashed into a fence.

Wanjiku said she did not check on her husband who was driving the car before it crashed, a fact which the judge faulted.

Lessit said she found it interesting that after the incident, Wanjiku bypassed Kikuyu police station – a stone’s throw distance from the purported crime scene.

She opted to report the ‘kidnapping’ at Central police station in Nairobi.

“The accused by-passed Kikuyu police station and other nearer stations to go report the alleged kidnapping at Central…this was just an attempt to buy time so as to delay the process of investigations that she knew would follow.”

‘SUSPECT CALM AND COLLECTED’

Witness testimonies show Wanjiku changed her clothes several times from the time of the incident to that of reporting it to police.

Witnesses told the court she appeared calm and collected after the incident and that she did not seem to have been shaken by it.

The woman claimed she came to Kenya to process a visa for her husband so that they could relocate to the US.

She told the court she came to the country through Uganda but the court found there was not point of entry stamp in her passport as required by law.

Wanjiku had also claimed she travelled from Uganda to Kenya using Mash bus but did not produce a ticket to back up the claim.

But a taxi driver who drove her from Kikuyu police station said the accused appeared shaken and disturbed.

He said he heard a click under the Buibui she was wearing adding that this terrified him so much.

After dropping her at Central, the witness said he went straight to Kikuyu and reported that he may have transported a woman with a bomb.

“The accused explained that the click was the buckle of her belt as she counted coins to pay him,” the judge said.

Lesiit further said Wanjiku’s explanation that she was sleeping when the vehicle veered off the road does not state her indifference to the deceased.

“I also considered the evidence of two witnesses who lived near the fence the deceased crashed into,” the judge said.

“The witnesses said they heard three loud blasts and there is no way the accused can feign ignorance that three gunshots were fired since she was seated right next to her husband at the time.”

The judge also said she considered the evidence of the prosecution witness who was the first to see Wanjiku after she left the vehicle.

The witness said she was calm and collected.

“That is someone who was not affected by what had just happened…I find that the accused’s conduct after the shooting was the conduct of someone with a guilty mind.”

Wanjiku’s defence team requested time to mitigate.

-The Star

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White House spokeswoman kicked out of a US restaurant by the owner

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders  has confirmed that she was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, on Friday against her wish.

Sanders confirmed the incident Saturday following a social media post which has gone viral on the internet.

“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for ⁦‪@POTUS‬⁩ and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,” Mrs. Sanders said through her Twitter account Saturday.

A person claiming to be an employee of the restaurant posted details of the incident shortly after it happened Friday night.

The President’s spokesperson has, without a doubt, made many friends and foes since she took over from her predecessor, Robert Gibbs.

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Kenyan men in US form “Maendeleo ya Wanaume” network group

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By Erastus Mong’are

As cases of the Diaspora Kenyan men running into hard times in the USA and other parts of the world have increased in recent years, a group of men has come together to form the first group that will be focused on “being my brother’s keeper.” Kenya Men Empowered Network (KEMEN) was officially launched on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Taunton, Massachusetts, as part of 3 days of activities planned for the participating men.

Over 150 men from across the USA gathered in Taunton for activities ranging from a golf tournament to empowerment workshops to nyama choma eating on the final day. Coincidentally, the launch happened during the month of June, which is Men’s Health Month in USA, International Men’s Health Week, June 11-17 and on Father’s Day weekend.

Founder member, Antony Kamnao, speaking during the event, said that the group aims to create a forum where Kenyan men in the Diaspora can address issues that affect them and find appropriate solutions to solve them. “Through the KEMEN platform, the association will engage, inform and educate the community of Kenyan men on how to address the challenges of their daily lives,” said Kamnao. “The ability to generate, access, and use information has become a key factor in personal, social, and economic growth. That’s why through free flow and sharing of information, this forum will expand its global outreach to the Diaspora society in reshaping our personal, education, and social activities and values.”

Empowerment workshop topics included higher education and careers, health and wellness, mentorship and entrepreneurship. The speakers who came from across the USA and each connected his presentation to an issue that was selected as important to Diaspora men.

Speaking during the launch, Dr. David Angwenyi, Founder, Global Connections Kenya (GCK), said that the launch of KEMEN has opened a new platform for Kenyan men in the diaspora to network and empower one another in an unprecedented manner. “The open discussion and the sheer talent that was on display at the launch should send a strong message to anyone who is quick to dismiss this organization.  In one sentence, KEMEN has opened a new frontier for Kenyan men in the Diaspora to move the great ideas and unity of purpose into action, and the power that would come out of this organized group of men is simply unstoppable.”

Toward the end, the men who were present were encouraged to reach out to a fellow man if they needed help on issues that could lead them to major issues.

Former Presidential candidate, 2017 Dr. Jeff Kaluyu who graced the events noted that KEMEN would succeed because of the integrity of the men behind the idea. “For me, KEMEN is a practical approach and a refuge for men issues on both Diaspora and domestic fronts,” he said.

“As I leave here today, I have learned that many times Kenyan men don’t ask for help. It is an ego thing. Don’t let ego kill you,” a participant in the launch said. “You cannot squander this opportunity now that we have a group dedicated to men.”

After Saturday’s launch, KEMEN will focus on making its structures stronger so that the organization can focus on being a go to place for men seeking help and for empowerment.

 

Diaspora men in the USA seeking to start a chapter in their state or engage in other ways can contact KEMEN through their website, www.254kemen.org.

The next KEMEN event will be held on June 28 – 30, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia where the first chapter of the group was started. Massachusetts where the launch event was held takes the bragging rights of starting the second chapter of KEMEN.

 

Erastus Mong’are, HSC, is the Founder and Executive Director, StartUpAfrica and Board Member of Kenya Men Empowerment Network (KEMEN) where he also serves as the National Events Director

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Kenyan in Atlanta counts blessings, owns two successful businesses

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Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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