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VIDEO: Kenyan woman in US causes online furore over Msando

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BY Maggie Marikah Kwabena
 Here is a tribute from the wife:

Here are some of the comments:

Salania Tall  I think you give too much time to this negativity. This so called ‘woman in the US’ always has vitrol on people who have departed. Let’s let the families mourn their loved ones in private and peace!
Julius Kanuhi I guess the so called wife doesn’t show any sign of grief. I feel like she should be investigated as possible suspect or accomplice
Salania Tall So Julius you want her to put on a sack cloth and sprinkle ashes on her head?
Maggie Marikah Kwabena Salania Tall… Just because you have departed is no reason for people to get sanitized. Vitrol my ass. In Chuka we say Yakagwa na miti iria mtu aratuite. Figure it out. When I depart do not try to sanitize me. Call a spade a spade. That’s all. And I have a noun … It is Maggie Marikah Kwabena. I stand by every word on that article.
Salania Tall Maggie Marikah Kwabena well unfortunately not everyone hails from Chuka. I also still stand with my statement that when the loved ones of the deceased are mourning it’s prudent to let them be whether the person was a saint or not!
Maggie Marikah Kwabena Salania Tall… I did not say everyone hails from Chuka google is a friend. Figure it out. You are probably one of those serial kumangamanga type hence the message strikes a nerve. Feel free to get offended times a million. If the shoe fits wear it witSee More
Salania Tall Maggie Marikah Kwabena I don’t look down on you or any woman just to clarify that. As I said again we need to be sensitive on the families of the deceased and not just to speak in the name of calling a spade a spade. A couple of months ago, a Kenyan young man was shot under mysterious circumstances on Franklin Rd and what did you write at that time?
Maggie Marikah Kwabena There was nothing mysterious about it. He was a drug peddler that had been peddling drugs and got into several run ins with the police. That is a matter of public record not a state secret. What part of that did you not understand? Nothing unclear abouSee More
Ndungu Dan Muigai Point well taken. This was a random crime, not a state sponsored assassination.
Salania Tall I’m not privy of how Chris, the young man who was shot lived their lives. I wouldn’t speak of that as there’s always two sides of the coin. All I’m saying is when families or friends are mourning you can’t eulogize the short comings of the deceased as See More
Julius Kanuhi Any of you remember the two most wanted men in kenya in the late 90s. Wanugu and Wacucu! How would you eulogize them

Maggie Marikah Kwabena I do not know where you come from or what your point of reference is for your positions. Where I come from we call a spade a spade. You live on the fast lane and die on the fast line… We state it as it is.

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Maggie Marikah Kwabena Julius Kanuhi… Funny story… A priest in Mwea had the difficult job of burrying a notorious criminal shot down in Nairobi. The moment came for the sermon. Pins and needles. Because the service was done in Kikuyu… I will give you the exact words…See More
Julius Kanuhi Hehehe plain and clear
Maggie Marikah Kwabena #Word. Someone had to say it. I take one for the team. You are welcome.
Ndungu Dan Muigai  This Msando incident should be evaluated on the basis of a Murder Investigation, plain and simple. The who, why and how is a bit above our pay grade. Frankly, I don’t think the State did it, simply because it was carelessly done with treasure troves of forensic evidence at the crime scene. When and if the any State decides to silence you, they don’t leave evidence and the body is usually never found. Whoever did this was a low budget operative. A careless, sloppy, armature at best. If a half decent investigation team is looking into this the guy(s) should have already been arrested or probably are really close to getting arrested. The possibility of eye witnesses is huge, phone records exist. Somebody somewhere know something. (Anyways, I don’t need to teach the folks at CID how to do their jobs. They are pretty good at it). Unfortunately this murder has become politicized, with finger pointing and conspiracy theories. To the family, “My sincere condolences.”

 

The late IEBC ICT Manger Christopher Msando will be buried today in Lifunga Kobiero village, Ugenya, Siaya County after his brutal killing last month. Many Kenyans don’t know about Msando’s history, a man that has been described by colleagues at the electoral commission and friends as a ‘smart worker’ who was dedicated fully to his job. ALSO READ: Who killed my father and why? Msando son’s question stuns Raila Christopher Chege Msando was born at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda on 28th December 1972.

He was a brother to Maurice Msando, Peter Msando, Alice Odongo, Thomas Msando, Patricia Apondi and the late Celestine Msando. He was also a step brother to Akinyi Msando, Awino Msando, Eric Msando, Benson Msando, Boniface Msando and Achieng Msando. Msando was baptized at Nsambya Catholic Church in Kampala in 1973. He attended Busia Primary School where he completed his KCPE examinations in 1985.

After passing exemplary well, the late then joined Sigalame High School in Busia County where he completed his KCSE in 1989. In 1999, Msando enrolled at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Communication technology. He was also blessed with a son namely Jacob Msando. Thereafter, Chris pursued a Masters degree in strategic Management at Kenyatta University, Nairobi. In 2001, Chris returned to Kenya after completion of his studies and was employed by International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Mbita as a web and database designer, where he worked for two years before leaving to join Swissport International LTD at JKIA Nairobi.

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He later worked at Virgin Atlantic for some years then joined National AIDS Control Council (NACC) as a management Information Systems Specialist and worked for about two years. Chris then joined the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in November 2016 as a Manager of Information and Communications System

Meanwhile, May the killers of Chris Msando, the elections technology manager, forever lack peace, a distraught Eva, his widow said Thursday, two days before her husband is laid to rest in Siaya.

In a one-minute off-the-cuff speech before she read her tribute, Mrs Eva Buyu Msando, laid bare her grief and torment in front of hundreds of mourners who had gathered at the Consolata Shrine in Westlands, Nairobi, for a requiem mass.

FAMILY

She wondered aloud why her husband was killed, how she would get on with her life without him and how she would take care of her five children — aged between two and 17 — on her own.

“I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to tell you. All I have is why? Why? Why?” she said and fondly described Msando as a deeply loving man who witnessed the births of all their children at the delivery room.

She married him 2006, she said, adding that she used to call him “sweetie”.

 

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She referred to the first verse of the Kenyan National Anthem that says “Justice be our shield and defender”, and asked Kenyans to stand with her in her own fight for justice.

“It is wrong. It is not fair,” she said of Msando’s murder.

“Look at the babies. My oldest is 10. If I include Jacob, my oldest is 17. And our youngest baby with Chris is only two,” she said.

TORTURE
Then Mrs Msando, the second last-born daughter of Rev Andrew Buyu, looked straight at the 10 television cameras, some of which were beaming her tribute live, and delivered a straight-shooting message to her husband’s killers.

“Are you happy? Because I know you are watching! May you not have peace! And vengeance is of the Lord. Na Mungu atatupigania (And God will fight for us). Chris’s death will not go in vain,” she said.

Mr Msando, whose body showed marks of torture, was murdered on July 29 and dumped in Kiambu County a day after he disappeared, only a week to the August 8 General Election.

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An autopsy showed he was strangled to death.

INDUSTRIOUS
He was the head of data and infrastructure at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and had become the face of the elections technology system deployed in the high-stakes polls.

Mrs Msando read a five-minute written tribute describing her husband as osiepna, ma wuon nyithinda (My friend, the father of my children).

“Chris was meticulous in his work and took great pride in all that he engaged in.

“He never disappointed in the delivery of his targets. This can be attested to by how he tirelessly worked to ensure proper systems were in place for a free, fair and credible election.”

ELECTIONS
The family said it believed his murder was connected to the election.

“We as a family believe Chris was killed because of his job. If he were still working for the National Aids Council, I know my brother would still be here,” Msando’s elder sister, Pamela, said.

Mr Msando worked for the council until November 2016 when he joined IEBC.

“I am telling the government: Tell us who killed Chris, because you have the capacity.

“To Kenyans: Please stand with us as we demand justice. Do not talk about peace without justice. They go together,” Pamela said.

EXPERT
The suspicion that Mr Msando was killed by people that wanted access to his perceived knowledge of the IEBC systems and particularly the elections technology he managed have further been reinforced by opposition chief Raila Odinga, has said some unscrupulous individuals used his password to access, hack the IEBC system and alter the results.

At the mass, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba mourned Mr Msando as a man they said had come to be the go-to person in terms of the elections technology.

Quoting American entrepreneur Jim Rohn, Mr Chebukati said Mr Msando exemplified leadership:

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.”

ASSASSINATION
Mr Chiloba, to whom Mr Msando reported to directly, lead the congregation in singing the legendary tribute “It is well with my soul”.

“At the end of the day, God will bring us justice to his family, friends and the country,” Mr Chiloba said.

Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o termed Mr Msando’s death as cruel, likening it to the assassination of Tom Joseph Mboya in 1969.

“There is something rotten in this country,” Prof Nyong’o said, quoting playwright Shakespeare.

INVESTIGATION
Other leaders who attended the mass included United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukisha Kituyi, Mr Odinga’s elder brother Dr Oburu Oginga, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, and Kisumu Senator-elect Fred Outa.

“We shall continue to ask questions of who murdered Chris, and most importantly, who sent them to murder him so they can benefit from his death,” Mr Wandayi said.

Mr Msando will be buried on Saturday at his home in Kobiero, Ugenya in Siaya, after a funeral service at Lifunga Primary School.

Below is Chris Msando widow’s speech during his requiem mass:

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Kenyans sweep in Obama’s birthplace

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Sport may still be frowned upon in Kenya where politics – and political horse-trading – seem to be the nation’s staple, but athletes most certainly continue to positively impact on lives.

Stories of athletes rising from rags to riches might sound cliché, but they must be told to inspire future generations.

The story of Titus Ekiru and Margaret Muriuki Wangare is right down this alley.

On Sunday in Honolulu, the city that brought forth USA’s first black president – Kenyan-American Barack Obama – they continued to remind USA that Kenya won’t just get off the American headlines just yet with a sweep of the Honolulu Marathon titles.

And what’s more, defending champion Ekiru, 27, set a new course record, defending his title in two hours, seven minutes and 59 seconds to become the fastest man over the marathon in the beautiful Island of Hawaii where USA’s 44th president was born.

The wins came hours after another Kenyan, US-based Edward Cheserek, won the curtain-raising mile race on Saturday in three minutes and 53 seconds.

It was 33-year-old Wangari’s marathon debut, and she dedicated her 2:31:09 victory to her ailing mother, Agnes Muthoni Kenyua.

From her race earnings, she can afford better medical care for her beloved mum.

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“It’s been tough. My mother was diagnosed with kidney failure but despite her illness, she has been praying for me a lot,” said an emotional Wangari, who left the track (5,000 metres) to focus on the road, making her 42km debut Sunday.

She also dedicated the win to her four-year-old daughter, Lynnolive Jemutai and husband, Jacob Kipchum Yator.

Fellow Kenyan, US-based Betsy Saina, who has been training in Flagstaff, Arizona, was second in 2:31:51.

Saina blamed herself for underrating the tough course in the Hawaiian State capital, failing to match a late lush by Wangare.

“I came here as favourite and I thought I’d push later in the race, but I think I underrated the course a bit,” the Iowa State University running legend told Nation Sport.

In the men’s race, Ekiru led a clean sweep of the podium and said there’s no time to celebrate as he heads back home to prepare for his entry into the rich World Marathon Majors circuit.

He plans to attack the Tokyo Marathon on March 1 and will be knocking on selectors’ doors for an Olympic ticket.

Former winner Wilson Chebet was a distant second in 2:13:13 after experiencing some problems with his right thigh muscle in the second half, with Edwin Koech (2:14:19) completing the Kenyan sweep.

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Ekiru, paced by Reuben Kerio, third here last year, peeled away, like an onion, from the lead pack in trademark fashion between kilometre 22 and 23.

Chebet and Koech were unable to respond. Ekiru then motored to the finish alone.

“The pacemakers did a good job,” he said.

“I’d wanted 63:30 at halfway and they did like 63:40, which wasn’t bad.”

“There’s very little time between now and the Tokyo Marathon so I won’t celebrate too much this Christmas when I get back to Kapsabet as I have to start early preparations,” said Ekiru. who shattered the course record of 2:08:27, set in 2017 by fellow Kenyan Lawrence Cherono.

Again, Ekiru’s story has been that of battling poverty to make a living through sport.

The rising star from Turkana didn’t finish primary school education, dropping out of primary school at Kosirai in Nandi County due to his family’s state of poverty.

But his command of English is impeccable and his focus unwavering.

Honolulu Marathon President and CEO Jim Barahal said he would dish out a cheque of $40,000 (Sh4 million) to Ekiru – $25,000 (Sh2.5 million) for the win, $10,000 (Sh1 million) for the course record and a further time bonus of $5,000 (Sh500,000) for running a sub-2:08 time.

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Wangare will take home Sh4 million which will most certainly go a long way in assisting her ailing mother.

Leading results from the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday

1. Titus Ekiru (Kenya) 2:07:59

2. Wilson Chebet (Kenya) 2:13:13

3. Edwin Koech (Kenya) 2:14:19

4. Mike Cheshire (Kenya) 2:16:30

5. Jackson Limo (Kenya) 2:17:09

6. Osako Suguru (Japan) 2:17:29

7. Takuya Fukatsu (Japan) 2:19:00

8. Shinya Ohashi (Japan) 2:23:54

9. Taku Harada (Japan) 2:30:32

10. Takaaki Awata (Japan) 2:34:23

1. Margaret Wangare Muriuki (Kenya) 2:31:10

2. Betsy Saina (Kenya) 2:31:51

3. Renee Metivier (USA) 2:43:17

4. Miharu Shimokado (Japan) 2:45:22

5. Kaoru Nagao (Japan) 2:52:55

6. Eri Oda (Japan) 2:55:39

7. Polina Carlson (USA) 2:57:37

8. Rosanna Breslin (USA) 3:04:49

9. Bree Brown (USA) 3:07:47

9. Akiko Patterson (USA) 3:09:14

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Eve D’Souza is officially off the market

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Eve D’souza, the sassy actress and former radio personality, has had her success story told over and over but in the many interviews never disclosed anything about her love life.

In the beginning of the year she introduced Simon Anderson to the world as the love of her life.

Anderson describes himself as a traveler and experience seeker, food and wine lover and a sevens rugby fan.

With only weeks left before the end of the year, the Anderson took D’Souza across the globe and proposed to her in Candolim Beach, Goa, India.

D’Souza she said yes and soon after shared the good news with her fans on social media.

“The entire universe conspired to help us find each other and it was truly worth the wait. Once in a lifetime, you meet someone special who changes everything. I can’t wait to marry you and look forward to a lifetime of adventures and special moments together,” D’Souza wrote.

In an interview with Nairobi News in March 2017, the Varshita actress said she Mr Right had no yet come her way.

During the interview, the 40-year-old explained that the reason she has never gone public about her relationships is because of the way her family approaches relationships.

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“The way my family approaches relationships is, until it is dead serious I don’t want to introduce anyone. My self-esteem has always been based on my career and not on relationships. It’s not like I’m dying to show off a man,” she said.

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Police deny pickpocketing incident among officers during Sonko’s arrest

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The National Police Service (NPS) has refuted claims that a police officer pick-pocketed his senior during the dramatic arrest of Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, on Friday morning in Voi.

NPS was responding to a video that gone viral showing a police officer grabbed something from the back pocket of his senior colleague as they were trying to handcuff Sonko.

“The video clip doing rounds on social media highlighting what appears to be an act of pickpocketing by a police officer is a misrepresentation of facts and untrue,” NPS tweeted.

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The video clip doing rounds on social media highlighting what appears to be an act of pickpocketing by a police officer is a misrepresentation of facts and untrue. /1

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According to NPS, the senior officer has also confirmed that he not been pickpocketed.

“The Officer in Charge of Traffic Voi has confirmed that he was not pick pocketed. Equally, the police command in Voi has confirmed that the officer in question is disciplined and of high integrity,” NPS said in a tweet.

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The video clip doing rounds on social media highlighting what appears to be an act of pickpocketing by a police officer is a misrepresentation of facts and untrue. /1

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The Officer in Charge of Traffic Voi has confirmed that he was not pick pocketed. Equally, the police command in Voi has confirmed that the officer in question is disciplined and of high integrity. /2

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In the video, two officers one from Administration Police and the other from Kenya Police are seen behind their senior colleague.

Seconds later, the right hand of the AP officer is seen taking something from the pocket of his senior.

The Voi Traffic boss then turns randomly to look behind him but the two junior officers move away.

The senior officers then looks back and follows the dramatic arrest of Sonko.

By NN

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