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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.

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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.

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.

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“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.

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.

BULLET PROOF WALL

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.

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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.

EULOGY

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

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Dedication of Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) new location in Atlanta this weekend

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Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) 10th Anniversary, Conference and church dedication are all happening this weekend beginning Friday July 19th through Sunday July 21st at the new location:  1345 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, Georgia, 30067.

The Guest Speaker will be Bishop Sammy Muya who will lead a host of other worship Ministers, including Ms Nelly Nemaiyan and Mr&Mrs Zablon Wangila.

“These will be three Great Days of God’s Word, Worship and celebration,” says the host Bishop, Rev Dr Joe Wamutitu.

“The stage is all set for the Conference and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for His people even as we celebrate what he has already done,” says First lady Antoninah Wamutitu.

“He has been our strong refuge and anchor for our souls. Come celebrate with us God’s faithfulness for 10 years and the blessings of sanctuary. Great is His faithfulness,” she adds.

This is a free event. Learn more about the church by clicking here.

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MAHIGA HOMES: We build and deliver homes fast, on very pocket-friendly terms [VIDEO]

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Mahiga Homes Limited is a Real Estate Development Company which has become very popular with Kenyans in the Diaspora in the last few years. It was in the news recently following a colourful keys-handing over ceremony during which many investors, including tens from the US and Europe, took possession of their units.

How it works

Mahiga Homes offers decent and affordable housing to clients in different parts of the country. Generally, the homes are delivered within a period of 10-12 months (depending on the project), at an affordable rate, in secure and serene environments which are accessible from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Hand-selected by local experts, these homes – curated by design, amenities, and neighbourhood – provide a visual snapshot of the most sought after properties in town. Mahiga homes are affordable, luxurious and in modern designs. “We are passionate about quality of product/ service and meeting of set deadlines,” says CEO, Peter Mahiga.

Examples

Mahiga homes Ltd, having delivered and handed over 4 projects, namely: Cornerstone I Estate, Cornerstone III Estate, Cornerstone IV Estate and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, have become the talk of the town. Watch:

They now present to you Rockvilla III Estate Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite located just 300 metres off tarmac at Joska.

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It is 15 minutes drive from JKIA and 30 minutes drive from CBD. The offer price is Kshs 3.95m.  Deposit is Kshs 1.6m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

This is a beautiful gated estate in the heart of serenity. They are 3-Bedroom Bungalows and each unit is sitting on a 40×80 plot.

FEATURES:

-Master Ensuite bedroom

-106 square metres

  -Master Ensuite bedroom

-Spacious Lounge and KitcheN

-Large windows for natural lighting

-In-built MDF wardrobes

-Cabro paved driveways

-Car park for 2 cars

-Green area

-Available borehole water for the estate

-Solar water heating system

-Perimeter wall all round the estate

We also present to you The RIVERFRONT Luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows, all bedrooms ensuite, located in Ruiru suburbs overlooking Tatu city, whose price is Khs 5.5m per unit. Deposit is Kshs 2m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

Testimonials

Cornerstone I Estate was handed over on 25th August 2018, The owners have moved in and living in them already.

 

 

 

Cornerstone IV Estate, handover on 20th April 2019 home owners are moving in

Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, handover on 29th June 2019

Cornerstone I, III, IV and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens are sold out.

To learn more, visit www.mahigahomes.co.ke or call/Whatsapp +254 720 460 413

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SAD NEWS: Francis Muchene Chege of Atlanta, Georgia passes on

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It is with humble acceptance that we announce the promotion to glory of our beloved Francis Muchene Chege which occurred on Wednesday morning, July 11th, 2019 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.

He was a dear husband to Christine Muchene (Madam President), father to Joseph Chege, Paul Kiarie, Evans Ngamau, and Monica Okall. More information and further updates will be communicated. Please continue uplifting the family in prayers.

Mr Muchene (left) seen here posing with his daughter Monica Muchene-Okall during her graduation

some time back. COURTESY PHOTO

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