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Kenyan woman cons well wishers of Sh18 million by making false cancer claims




Jambonewspot is reporting that a Kenyan woman identifying herself as Betty Emmy has raised Sh18 million from unsuspecting well wishers under false pretenses after claiming she has is suffering from multiple types of cancers.

The woman is said to have been targeting unsuspecting Kenyans through social media crowd sourcing.


She claims to have cancer of the liver, blood and spleen and proclaims herself as a cancer warrior. Now her victims who include those who helped her raise the funds want her to be probed for fraud.

The mobile number used by the ‘patient’, Betty Emmy, was found to be registered in the name of one Beatrice Emmy Ochieng.

She had been posting posters on Facebook luring her victims to donate. Her account has since been taken down.

“Betty Emmy” made several “emotional” appeals in posters posted on Facebook where in one, she says she was diagnosed with stage four primary liver cancer and stage three secondary lung cancer, which she claimed to have recovered from.

In subsequent posts however, she claims that her situation had turned for the worse and that she was now admitted at a London hospital where she has gone into remission.

“I experienced a recurrence of secondary gastric cancer stage four and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia stage three (brain metastasis) and I am currently battling one primary cancer and three secondary cancers. Please help Betty continue with her treatment in London,” reads the poster.

The patient had also affiliated herself with a reputable cancer organization in a bid to raise money. The Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation has since disassociated themselves with her saying that they now believe that her story was just a story to raise money and likely a case of fraud.

A lady identified as Julie Muriuki who had been helping the “patient” in raising funds said she first met her in October 2016 when she had organized a birthday party at Kenyatta National Hospital and the “patient” showed up.

Betty Emmy is said to have pulled the heart strings of everyone in attendance and after the event she started asking for money.

At the time she claimed she had leukemia, kidney failure and spleen damage, and that her treatment would cost her Sh273 million.

A Whatsapp group “Friends on a Mission” formed by Muriuki raised Sh18 million for Betty through public pledges the group. Betty at the time claimed to have liver cancer and intended to seek treatment in the UK.

One of the flyers Betty Emmy used to solicit funds for her "cancer" treatment

One of the flyers Betty Emmy used to solicit funds for her “cancer” treatment

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At another instance she reached out to the group seeking Sh12 million but they demanded pictures from her.

However, she got really upset and even refunded Sh5,500.

London’s Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead however did not have a patient under that name after being reached for clarification several times.

“Betty Emmy” however insisted that her claims were not made up and even said that she would be returning to the country to face those accusing her of fraud.

She would however not reveal the name of the hospital where she was seeking treatment nor the names of the doctors treating her..

“I want to come and clear my name,” she said.

The “patient” had also duped another family in Kenya to take her in and they have since recorded a police statement at the Ruaraka Police Station.

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Remains of victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash flown home



The remains of thirty-two Kenyans who perished in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash on March 10, 2019, have been flown to Nairobi today.

An Ethiopian Airline plane carrying the fragments of the deceased landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday morning.

The remains arrived in specialised caskets and a brief function was held after arrival. Only close family members are to be given the caskets bearing the fragments.

The bodies were severely damaged beyond recognition prompting Ethiopian Airlines to consider DNA analysis to identify their remains.The 32 victims are among 157 people who were killed in the plane crash at Bishoftu town, shortly after taking off to Nairobi.

It is after the International Police through its Incident Response Team revealed on September 12, 2019, that it had successfully identified the 157 passengers who boarded the plane.The team declared the exercise a success saying “six months on after the plane crash, every single victim has been successfully identified.”

Family members of the victims of the Ethiopian Plane crash that killed 157 people from different nationalities visited the crash site to give their last respect and prayers to their departed one at Tulu Fera in Ejera. [ Maxwell Agwanda, Standard]

“The INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) deployed following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March has completed its task, assisting with the successful identification of all victims of the deadly disaster,” the Interpol noted on its website.It noted that the identification exercise was prompted by a request from the airlines’ company.

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It stated: “At the request of the Ethiopian authorities, two days after the accident INTERPOL sent an IRT to assist with the operation. The team’s role was to coordinate the international police disaster victim identification (DVI) response and coordinating the antemortem data supplied by member countries.

”Interpol further revealed that the process was aided by a team of 100 DVI experts drawn from 14 countries in Africa, Europe and America. The exercise took 50 days.

Fingerprints and DNA samples were extracted from 48 people, Interpol noted.Also in September, the US-based Boeing planes manufacturer had announced that it had set aside USD2 billion as Financial Assistance Fund for assisting families of victims of the plane crash, which involves the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 nosedived just six minutes after leaving Bole International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport killing all on board.In the incident, Kenya was the worst-hit country losing 32 victims in the crash.

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Ethiopia plane crash victims to be buried Thursday



Families who lost loved ones in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10, 2019 will begin receiving their remains on Monday for burial, the Nation has learnt.

The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-302 crashed in Bishoftu, a few minutes after take-off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

On Sunday, the family of John Quindos Karanja, who lost five relatives, told the Nation that they will be ferrying the remains ahead of burial on Thursday.

“We thank all Kenyans for the overwhelming emotional, spiritual and financial support towards our family. On Monday we shall be ferrying the remains of our loved ones after they were successfully identified. We plan to have the burial on Thursday, October 17,” said Mr Karanja.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) announced in September that it had positively identified all the 149 passengers and eight crew who died in the crash.

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the organisation had to rely on accurate DNA sampling from close blood relatives of the victims to make correct identification, which took the group six months.

The Nakuru family’s five members, among them Mr Karanja’s wife Ann Wangui Karanja, daughter Caroline Quinns Karanja and three grandchildren Ryan Njoroge (7), Kellie Wanjiku (5) and Rubi Wangui (9 months) perished in the plane crash.

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The family from Kwa Amos village in Kabatini, Bahati in Nakuru County intended to slaughter three goats to celebrate the return.

Mr Karanja’s wife was to bring home her grandchildren who had been living in Canada when the tragedy struck.

A relative of another family from Kipkelion that lost their son – Cosmas Kipng’etich Rogony – also confirmed some members had travelled to Ethiopia to pick his remains.

“The family of the late Rogony travelled and are expected back this week,” said the relative.

Mr Rogony, who until his death was an employee of General Electric’s healthcare division, left behind a one-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old widow Miriam Wanja.

He hailed from Saoset village in Kipkelion West Sub-County.

In March, the families held prayers for their departed relatives but there were no caskets or bodies.


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Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing



An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said.

The Boeing 767 aircraft had just taken off from Dakar airport en route to Addis Ababa when the pilot asked to return and make an emergency landing, Tidiane Tamba, a spokesperson for the Senegal airport said.

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed one of its jets had suffered a “mechanical problem” and had safely returned to its point of departure, without giving more details on the cause.

The airline said all those onboard were safe.

The Dakar incident came after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed in March shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard.


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