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VIDEO: Was this young Kenyan shot dead by cops in Atlanta really a drug/weapons criminal?

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The killing of a 23 year old Atlanta-based Kenyan man whom the police say was being tracked by the anti-narcotic unit since 2013 has left the Kenyan community in the metro Atlanta area and around the US with more questions than answers and elicited a heated debate on the social media.

Whereas some condemn suspected drug related crimes, others say they don’t wholly buy the story by the sheriff’s office as dead men tell no tales.

Some even suspect that race was a key factor in the shooting death of the young man.

In the meantime, Following the untimely death of Joel Gatu Muturi son of Pastor Gatu and Evangelist Lydia Gatu of Austell Georgia, meetings have been scheduled at KACC (771 Elberta Dr, Marietta) on Tuesday 7/4/17 and Friday7/7/17 at 6pm and 7pm respectively. 
Please keep the family in your prayers.

Last week, a deputy shot and killed a suspect as authorities served a drug warrant at an apartment complex in Cobb County, officials said.

The Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna undercover narcotics unit was serving the warrant at the Liberty Point Apartments, located in the 700 block of Franklin Gateway, when the suspect tried to hit deputies with his car, Cobb sheriff’s Lt. Col. Robert Quigley told the press.

The suspect was later identified as 23-year-old Joel Gatu Muturi. Officials have not released the identity of the deputy. Watch related video courtesy of Fox5 Atlanta:

Quigley said drugs and guns were recovered in the home.

The GBI is investigating the shooting, spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

 

Meanwhile, Muturi’s death has elicited a heated debate on the social media. While some say the family should bear its burden, others feel there is more to the story than meets the eye. A number of Kenyans are also demanding to see the raw footage of the shooting incident.

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“Before you rush to judgement, pose and ask yourself how the man got into the car and attempted to run over the officers who were supposed to serve him with an arrest warrant,” wrote a concerned Georgia resident.

 

DANIEL MWAURA wrote the following on Facebook Monday:

I’m amazed by the deafening silence I see whenever a Kenyan get killed by police. You don’t even see a word of condolences to the grieving mother.

In 2016 a Kenyan Teenager got shot for holding a bloom and there was no outcry among the Kenyan community. This time a Kenyan got shot allegedly for drug trafficking and you didn’t see any outcry from the usual people.

I think the reason is, we are a young people in the US and haven’t learned how to deal with police brutality; when a tragedy like this happens we don’t know what to do. We either blame the ‘suspect’ or the parents who raised him up.

What if the story the police put out wasn’t true? If they went to serve him a warrant how did he end up in the car? If he was already in the car how did the police identify him as the suspect in the middle of the night? These are things we should wanna find out.

Most immigrant communities have organizations that represent their people and their needs in government and legal matters. We don’t have that as Kenyans, we are mostly united along church lines. We need to unite and have representation beyond our churches. Anyways, just my thoughts..
Daniel Mwaura, Atlanta.

 

 

 

But Eric Mwangi wrote:

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It’s not silence for lack of care but also from giving the grieving family time to get through with this difficult time.

Trust me most of us are mad and thinking just how we can help our young black boys and girls facing tough challenges in this country.

Many Leaders are now engaging and looking for ways to solve this however big or little they can.

Soon we are going to be having open and FREE workshops on HOW TO RAISE BLACk KIDS IN AMERICA… we are currently reaching out to the panel of presenters and urge each one of you with preteens and teens and even kids in their 20’s to be sure to attend and bring along your children.

Pls be on the lookout …

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the dearly departed…. it’s time to show some solidarity for good not time to flex. Thx

 

Ole Salania I agree the police are not truthfully in this modern times. We need more information concerning what transpired and if excessive amount of force was necessary.

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Daniel Mwaura The kid who got killed in 2016 was just a skinny teenager holding a bloom, and two grown cops shot him and claimed their lives were in danger. You see, when a Kenyan get killed by a thug we know how to deal with it, we can run to the police for help. BSee More

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Mungara Nganga Very well put. It is ironic that in the land of the free,you are only one traffic stop away from the grave.especially if you are a minority/immigrant

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Daniel Mwaura If we were well united as a people, in matters such as this, we could just hire lawyers to work with the GBI to get to the bottom of what actually happened. But since we are not we just don’t wanna deal with it. We just wanna forget about it and go on with our lives.

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Esther Thairo We should have strong Community Leaders, who can be the voice of the whole Community.
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Daniel Mwaura Esther Thairo, I don’t think it’s about strong leadership, we already have that. It’s just that we don’t have a united front. When an event like this happens the first question that is asked is, “nyina athiaga kwao?” and if happens that they are not affiliated with the Kenyan churches we know, the mother is on her own. We need to unite beyond our churches.
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Esther Thairo You are right Daniel Mwaura something drastically must be done.
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Ruth Matete allowed to bury husband

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete has finally been allowed to bury her Nigerian husband Beloved John Apewajoye, who died on April 12th, 2020.

The news was made public by Radio Citizen Presenter Jerida Andayi, who appealed to the public to help Matete give the late Pastor Beloved John a good sendoff.

“Finally! My lookalike and little siz Ruth Matete can now bury her husband . God is good . Kindly support her to give Pastor Beloved John a good sendoff through paybill 891300 Account number 39659.

“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It’s been tough. God has shown Himself” Jeridah said.

Matete was barred from burying her husband by the Nigerian embassy, on grounds that they wanted to ascertain the actual cause of his death before he is laid to rest.

The stand-off between the embassy and Matete’s family is what resulted to body of Pastor Apewajoye staying at KNH Mortuary for almost three months now.

On April 23, Chief government Pathologist Johansen Oduor revealed that Matete’s husband died due to multiple organ failure after suffering 60 per cent burns.

“He died because of burns, which were mixed degree burns estimated at 60 per cent. In burns, what kills are the complications that arise. In this case there was sepsis, multiple organ failure and all that” said Pathologist Johansen Oduor

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On the other hand, Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation questioned the singer twice over Apewajoye’s death.

Matete was questioned for about six hours after homicide detectives collected samples from her house, where the gas explosion that left her late husband with severe burns took place.

In November last year, the singer got married to the love of her life, John Apewajoye (now the late) in a colorful ceremony that was attended by close friends and family.

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Clergy held for defiling five girls

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A church elder has been arrested following claims of sexually molesting five girls in Kakamega town. Kakamega Central Sub County Police Commander David Kabena while addressing the media in his office yesterday, said the suspect has been luring the girls aged between two and five with freebies into his rented house in Amalemba estate where he commits the indecent acts.

He said the girls have undergone medical check-up. “We are also hunting down another accomplice who works in cohorts with the suspect. The information we have gathered on the ground is that the young man who is at large is the one sent to lure the girls to the suspect’s house,” said Kabena.

Kabena said they are also interrogating the suspect to help them determine whether he is part of the syndicate that has been kidnapping children in Kakamega town.

According to Kabena, parents had abdicated their parenting responsibility during the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted that most of the children who went missing are those sent by their parents to hawk fast foods in the streets.

“We are on the lookout for any underage girls hawking bananas, groundnuts and vegetables in Kakamega town. We will arrest their parents and have them prosecuted for abdicating their responsibilities as parents,” said Kabena.

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He also revealed that gambling was on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic when most people are at home. He said two days ago, they set ablaze over 40 gambling machines valued at Sh3.28 million as a single machine goes at a street value of Sh80,000.

Kabena said only the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) is mandated to license betting firms that engage in legal business.

“These lottery joints are a hiding place for criminals and they are the major cause for the high dropout rate of school going children and teenage pregnancies. We have also received cases where university and college students lose money meant for paying school fees to gambling,” said Kabena.

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Akothee to settle rent arrears for comedian thrown out of his house

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated singer Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has once again extended her philanthropic hand to a local comedian said to be going through a rough phase in his life.

The singer revealed how a Kenyan comedian whose identity she withheld has been living in a very cold hall because his house had been locked over rent arrears.

”As we are talking right now ,there is a comedian sleeping in a hall, kicked out from his house, I don’t know how long he has been sleeping there with this Nairobi cold.

“I have asked to go fetch him, I will send him rent arrears today so he can go back home , people are suffering,” she wrote

Akothee said she had already rolled out plans help the comedian by paying his rent.

”I will call a few government officials who are my friends and see if they can assist me with something I top up with what I have and see if we can save the celebrities who are not able to feed for now ,” she added.

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