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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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A Case Of How A Stable Network & The Right Information Can Set You On A Path To USA

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BY BOB MWITI

Kelvin Ongaga had for a long period harboured an insatiable desire to study overseas. With limited information, he would persistently seek study opportunities in the land of Kangaroos; Australia to utter frustrations.

In the beginning of the new year 2021, the vivacious young man whose umbilical cord is buried somewhere in Nyaribari Masaba boarded a plane for the first time enroute the US to study for his Master of Science in Information Systems at the Illinois State University. What changed?

In the year 2018, on a call with one of his friends, Kelvin was venting frustrations about how he felt discouraged after his pursuits to go to Australia hit a dead end. Through the friend, he would be introduced to the Kenya Airlift Program and the rest is history. Coincidentally, with his friend, they would be part of the Spring 2021 (January intake) batch attending different universities in the US for their master’s programs.

In my interview with him, he offers us a glance at what it entails getting into a good master’s program in the US. In the lens of his own personal experience, he takes us through a number of steps which define the whole process including:

  1. Preparing and registering for the GMAT exam.
  2. Applying to US graduate schools.
  3. The student’s visa journey.
  4. Relocating to the US for studies.
  5. Personal opinion towards the program

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

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VIDEO: Akorino Gospel Singer Allan Aaron Remarries in the US After ‘Abandoning’ His First Wife in Kenya

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Allan Aaron, theamed US-based Kenyan Akorino gospel singer, has reportedly remarried after “abandoning his first wife and kids.”

Through a Facebook post, Aaron revealed he got married on January 2nd.

He however but did not reveal the identity of his new spouse or share her photos.

Recently, his ex wife Annie Shiku finally opened up about how he allegedly dumped her and their children after he left for the US.

She said Aaron cut communication with her barely three months after he landed in Boston.

The ‘Kiriro’ hitmaker was previously married to Ann Shiko and the two were blessed with four children, but is alleged that he abandoned his family a few months after he moved to the US to perform and minister the word of God.

“He started acting funny. He would not pick up my calls and whenever he did, he had very unkind words for me. After a while, there was no communication as he had blocked me,” she said.

She said he also stopped sending money, resulting in her struggling to raise school fees for their kids, rent, food, and other basic needs.

A year later, Aaron returned to the country without her knowledge and the two accidentally met at a funeral at Lang’ata Cemetery. After the burial, Aaron allegedly went to his parent’s home in Elburgon, Nakuru County.

“Together with my children, we waited and waited. He didn’t come. We saw him after two weeks when he came to pick up his belongings. He took his clothes and even the TV that our kids used to watch,” she recalled.

Shiko said her attempts to know what transpired were futile as Aaron would not listen to her even when church elders tried to intervene.

“I tried to beg him for forgiveness for things I could have done without knowing I was hurting him but all was in vain. Up to date, I don’t know the reason he left,” she said.

Shiko, who is also a musician, currently sells cars at a showroom along Kiambu Road.

She has revealed that  she is ready to remarry “if God sends me a suitor.”

Efforts to get a comment from Aaron proved futile with his phone going unanswered.

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A Sneak Peek Into Tampa’s Infrastructure As The Kenya Airlift Student Departs For Alabama

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BY BOB MWITI

My grandpa grew up in the village like most octogenarians of his “nthuki,” a Greek word meaning age group.

He herded goats and cattle combined with subsistence agriculture. Well, that was the life in the village those days, when “Mwini” would set out to distant places to see the girlfriend they had met in dancing events. There were no phones.

Years later, grandpa would visit me in Tampa, Florida. To his amusement, while he had overseen tremendous growth in Kenya over time, the sight of roads built up over others mesmerized him.

Few years after he left the US, Kenya made a great stride forward with a concept of one such road; The Nairobi Expressway.

Undoubtedly, the road will be iconic when completed. More surprising to my grandfather was the fact that roads had no potholes, the traffic madness was missing, and there were no police officers by the roadside ‘secretly always picking something’ from touts and drivers.

Clearly, Tampa offered him a glimpse of the US road transport.

As I took Wilfred, our Kenya airlift student to Tampa International Airport enroute the University of Alabama in Huntsville, I offer you a peep into Florida’s road infrastructure and some view of the “The Big Guava” as the Tampa city is nicknamed.

Enjoy watching!

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