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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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You were his home nurse, not wife, court tells woman

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The High Court has annulled an alleged Gikuyu customary marriage contracted by a Murang’a businessman and his home-based healthcare giver.

Ms Loyce Wangari Ngigi wanted stake in the estate of Mr Stephen Ngigi Karwigi, who died in August 2013 leaving behind a construction firm and over 40 landed properties (property that generates income for the owner).

At the time of his death, Mr Karwigi was 78 years old and sickly.

Ms Wangari told the court she married Mr Karwigi in 2009 under the Gikuyu customary law and that he visited her parent’s home in Elburgon, Nakuru for payment of Sh30,000 in dowry.

During the 2012 visit, she said, Mr Karwigi bought and gifted her parents with two pieces of land in Nakuru.

No proper celebration

But Justice Kanyi Kimondo dismissed her claim on grounds that there was no meaningful or proper celebration of a Gikuyu customary marriage.

“There was no cohabitation with habit and repute. The relationship between the protestor and the deceased did not reach the threshold of a marriage either by custom or presumption,” the court ruled.

Justice Kimondo added that although there was no contest that Ms Wangari lived with Mr Karwigi from 2009 until he passed on, she did not provide cogent evidence to show that the relationship mutated into a marriage.

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“No reliable evidence was marshalled to show that the relationship metamorphosed into a marriage. They had no children together or any joint assets,” Justice Kimondo said.

Also, no evidence was adduced indicating that the man’s family, friends and community treated her as his wife.

Ms Wangari wanted his estate distributed equally between her and the house of Mr Karwigi’s first wife who died in March 2003.

Cohabited

Ms Wangari argued that she cohabited with Mr Karwigi as husband and wife from 2009 to 2013.

However, the court ruled she had first entered the household to give care to Mr Karwigi because he was diabetic and amputee.

Justice Kimondo said, according to the evidence before court, Mr Karwigi only visited Ms Wangari’s homestead once and the ruracio (dowry) process was never completed.

“It is possible that the deceased may have asked for the protestor’s hand in marriage in his twilight years. But I find that all the requisite stages of a Gikuyu customary marriage, including ruracio and ngurario, were not carried out in this case,” said justice Kimondo.

Further, the court stated that Ms Wangari’s witnesses in court were her blood relatives — her mother and uncle. She failed to provide an independent witness to prove the celebration of a customary marriage.

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The witnesses insisted Ms Wangari was Mr Karwigi’s wife and that “the care to the deceased when he was unwell was incidental”.

She said she lived with the manin his house in Mukuyu, Murang’a County.

Returned to mother’s home

After he died, she relocated to his land in Kiawanjugu and later returned to her mother’s home.

But her evidence and that of her mother were contradictory.

For Ms Wangari, the two plots in Elburgon were part of the dowry while her mother said they were mere gifts.

“The trouble is that the sale agreements were executed on January 21, 2011 and August 17, 2011 respectively, well before the dowry ceremony,” said Justice Kimondo.

The court also held that it was inconceivable that dowry could be paid to the bride.

“This is material since the properties were jointly owned by the mother and the daughter who was the one being betrothed,” said the judge.

In her evidence, Ms Wangari relied on the pictures of Mr Karwigi’s funeral service, the funeral programme and the village chief’s letter which listed her as one of his “survivors”.

But the man’s daughter, Faith Wangui Ngigi, told court that the funeral programme was prepared by the protestor’s friends.

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The daughter said Ms Wangari’s claim for a share of the estate was fuelled by “pure greed”.

Though Ms Wangari had changed her maiden name and adopted that of Mr Karwigi, Justice Kimondo said the change of name was not proof of a Gikuyu customary marriage.

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Retiree who drove Uhuru to school remembers young Uhuru loved riding bicycle

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Mugo Karuga looks like any other retiree who has retreated to the rural village after years of service, but interactions with him reveal a man who rubbed shoulders with one of the most powerful families in Kenya.

Karuga drove President Uhuru Kenyatta to St Mary School in Nairobi on a daily basis in a limousine when he was young.

The retired General Service Unit (GSU) officer recalls how he would drive the young Uhuru, his brother Muhoho Kenyatta and sister Nyokabi Kenyatta from Gatundu to school using a Mercedes Benz 280 SE model registration number KPS 810.

Karuga’s razor-sharp memory is still intact. He recalls that when the first family was on holidays, the young Uhuru spent most of his time playing.

“Uhuru loved riding his bicycle and at times he would ask me to ride it with him and feel its comfort, which I gladly did,” Karuga now aged 77 years narrates.

Karuga says during holidays, he would be in charge of manning the gate, but Uhuru would ensure the cooks served him with decent meals.

Removed shoes

“If there is something I miss, it is those delicious meals the first family used to serve since my young friend would never let me go hungry,” he says.

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Karuga who retired in 1997 at Wang’uru Police Station also remembers with nostalgia one incident where barefooted children from a school in Central Kenya came to Gatundu to entertain the president.

“As the children entertained the first President, I saw Uhuru rush to the dais and whisper something to his father and he immediately removed his shoes to join the choir,” he said.

The grandfather who has turned to farming, Karuga recalls how the President ordered him to take the children and after entertaining him to the nearest Bata shop in Thika where they were each fitted with a new pair of shoes, including their teacher.

“Had Uhuru not done what he did, perhaps his father would not have seen the need to have the children who had entertained him fitted with new shoes,” he noted.

Karuga remembers how he used to interact freely with the then Head of the Presidential Press Unit, Kenyanjui Kariuki within Mzee Kenyatta’s Gatundu home where many delegations visited on a regular basis.

Kind person
“Since I am from Kirinyaga, Kenyanjui and his friends fondly called me Nyaga, meaning, a man from Embu since our dialect is different from that of the Kikuyu community,” Karuga said.

At his rural Gatumbi village home, Karuga lives with his son Njiru who was born at the Gatundu District Hospital in 1972 soon after he was enlisted in the presidential guard squad. He joined the Police Force in 1966.

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Karuga’s wife Annet Njeri says Mama Ngina Kenyatta is a kind person who was always concerned with the welfare of those who served the family at Gatundu.

Karuga now practices mixed farming on his one-acre plot where he has planted coffee, tea, macadamia trees and subsistence crops .

He says he was separated from Uhuru following the death of the founding father of the nation in 1978.

“When Moi came to power, he brought his own presidential guards and those of us who served under Kenyatta were transferred to various police stations across the country where all of us have since retired,” Karuga says.

“One thing I would desire is to meet president Uhuru and laugh with him as we did when he was young,” Karuga says.

The last time the President visited Kirinyaga County at Kianyaga, he asked the county government to arrange how I could meet him but the meeting has not happened.

Karuga is, however, grateful to the government for recognising his efforts and giving him an honour credited for his service to the first family.

THE UHURU I KNOW
Mugo Karuga used to drive the first family’s children to school.

He says a young president Uhuru loved riding his bike during holidays

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The retired General Service Unit officer says President Uhuru Kenyatta would always ensure he got a decent meal when they were at their Gatundu home during holidays and one day made his father buy shoes for barefoot school children who had visited their home to entertain the late President Mzee Kenyatta

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Nakuru suppliers of bad maize ‘will still get pay’

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Traders who supplied bad maize with high levels of aflatoxin in Nakuru county will be paid as no sample was taken to the Government Chemist for testing.

The revelation came during the interrogation of Disaster Chief Officer Ann Njenga by a county assembly committee on Tuesday.

However, Ms Njenga clarified that only two wards out of the 55 were affected.

“Going to tell a supplier now that the maize he or she supplied had aflatoxin and it was not examined by the Government Chemist is difficult right now,” she said.

Hard time answering

She added that, most of the food in Viwandani stores had a 10 per cent aflatoxin level, which is acceptable. However, other bags had a 19 per cent level of aflatoxin, but had already been distributed to residents.

Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja claimed a person died in the sprawling Kaptembwo neighbourhood of Nakuru town after consuming the bad maize.

However, Ms Njenga, who had a hard time answering questions from the ward reps said, “I’m not aware of any death during the food distribution.”

The MCAs faulted Ms Njenga for giving the committee “half-baked” information. For instance, she said that out of the Sh25 million the assembly allocated, 10 per cent went to logistics.

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However, when pressed to give a breakdown of the logistics costs, she failed to give the answers.

“We need to know which logistics costs were paid for and by how much in the next meeting,” Minority leader and Olkaria MCA Peter Palanga said.

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Rhonda MCA Timothy Kabutu said procurement was flawed as no advertisement was made in the local dailies as required by law.

The committee said that, Ms Njenga was not fully in charge of the Covid-19 food distribution, leading to the confusion in the process.

As a result, Mr Karanja, the Naivasha East MCA, said, “some of the produce was given to other beneficiaries such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), who were not identified by the ward committees.”

“Everybody wanted to have a [piece of] pie, and chief officers in the Education and Youth dockets interfered with the exercise.”

However, Ms Njenga defended the food distribution saying that apart from a few challenges, it was “transparent” and “a success”.

The committee was also concerned that the ward level committees had not been paid their allowances. Ms Njenga told the MCAs that, payment had been made in 20 wards. She blamed poor data entry, which was being corrected, for delays.

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