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VIDEO: May Msando killers never know peace, says grieving widow

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May the killers of Chris Msando, the elections technology manager, forever lack peace, a distraught Eva, his widow said Thursday.

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”.

JUSTICE

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.

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.

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Eddie Butita leaves The Trend after 5 years

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It is everyone’s prayer to see their friends and neighbours succeed in live and move from one stage to another one, on a higher level.

The aforementioned is the same when celebrities or people we have supported passionately thrive in their careers.

Eddie Butita leaves The Trend after 5 years

Eddie Butita was a panelist at The Trend for five years. Photo: UGC
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TUKO.co.ke can say the same about Churchill Show comedian Eddie Butita and his fans on their relationship over the years.

The comedian on Friday, September 18, triggered mixed emotions among his fans after announcing his exit from popular NTV show, The Trend.

In an Instagram post seen by TUKO.co.ke, the comedian said he was ending his 5-year stint on the show as a panelist to start another exciting journey in his comedy career.

Butita who has been a panelist on the NTV show that airs every Friday, thanked Larry Madowo who believed in him and gave him his first ever show.

He also thanked Amina Rabar and other crew members for being an integral part of his growth on TV and being great to him for all the years they have worked together.

”It has been five years of a good ride on the trend #TTTT it all started with just a one appearance and became a permanent job. I would like to thank Amina Abdirabar and the panelist team for being more than collegues our time together was worth it I learnt laughed and changed a lot that I was able to. It is time to give chance to other talents to get an opportunity to grow and shine with greatness,” he wrote.

The comedian also used the opportunity to thank NTV’s management for giving him a chance to work with the broadcaster.

”Special thanks to NTV Kenya for the opportunity we are still together in this journey. Thank you Larry Madowo for believing in me and giving me the first chance to be on the show the rest was history. Big thanks to my fans, I have got more in store for you this is just the beginning of another Chapter in my Comedy Career. Adios el tendencia,” he added.

His exit from The Trend came just a day after he broke the internet with a charming birthday message to his lover, Mammito.

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PHOTOS: Jeff Koinange’s elder brother emotional burial

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It has been a tough for news anchor Jeff Koinange’s family following the loss of his brother David Waiganjo Mbiyu.

The news anchor’s brother who died in a road accident was laid to rest on Friday, September 18.

Taking to his social media pages, Jeff shared emotional photos as the family paid their last respect to Mbiyu.

Captioning the photo with sorrowful message affirming that they all loved Waiganjo and will be missed.

“Farewell, my Brother! We loved you but God loved you more! You Will be MISSED!” he wrote.

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Sossion daughter celebration: MP reveals child’s enviable journey to top Law Company

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Nominated Member of Parliament Wilson Sossion on Saturday held a thanksgiving ceremony at his Motigo Village home in Bomet County to celebrate his daughter, Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion, for achieving admirable academic feat.

Rosemary holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Nairobi (UoN), and is an Advocate of the High Court after she was admitted to the Bar in February 2020 following her successful completion of her post-graduate education at the Kenya School of Law (KSL).

Speaking at the event, which was attended by among others, ODM leader Raila Odinga, COTU chief Francis Atwoli, KANU Secretary-General Nick Salat, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Sossion said he was proud of his firstborn child, who overcame turbulence of losing a mother, to still post top grades in school.

Sossion’s first wife-cum-Rosemary’s mother, Monica Sossion, died in a road accident in 2010.

“She (Rosemary) has graduated with two degrees: a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from the University of Nairobi. She also successfully completed her post-graduate diploma at the Kenya School of Law, and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the month of February [2020]. She was, thereafter, taken up by one of the most reputable law firms in Kenya, Oraro & Company Advocates. She is now a practising lawyer,” Sossion said while addressing invited guests at the ceremony.

“Mine as a father, is to congratulate and thank her. She is my firstborn [child]. When her mother died, she was in Form Two. She has been a very strong girl in every way. When she graduated with her first degree, Bachelor of Law, I rewarded her with a car. When she graduated with a degree in International Relations, I paid for her trip to the United Kingdom. Today, I am not giving you any gift; I am handing you over to the public so that you can serve the public. Deliver justice to the people that you will represent,” added Sossion.

“This country’s democracy and human rights must be promoted, and it is lawyers who are supposed to do it, and you are one of them. As a father, I can tell you that I have presented a competent lawyer to you. Parents, let us not be shy to celebrate children when they do well.”

About Rosemary Sossion’s employer, Oraro & Company Advocates

Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion is an employee of Oraro & Company Advocates. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Oraro & Company Advocates on its website describes Rosemary Sossion as “an associate in the litigation department, who specialises in dispute resolution, employment law, family law, environmental and land law”.

“She (Rosemary) is part of a team acting for a renown commercial bank (under receivership) in a recovery suit after massive theft and embezzlement of funds worth USD 220 million (Ksh23.8 billion) from individuals and companies,” says Oraro & Company Advocates on its website.

“She is also part of a team representing directors in a Kenyan company concerning the fraudulent and unlawful transfer of the shares which resulted in the unlawful transfer of the company’s property.”

Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm.

The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax.  Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several international leading legal directories.

The firm is also well-recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.

In April this year, Oraro & Company Advocates achieved a top ranking in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA rankings.

The company was ranked a Top Tier Firm in the Dispute Resolution and Employment practice areas. The firm’s banking, finance and capital markets practice area was also highly recommended by the directory.

500 EMEA affirmed the company’s ‘exceptional record in big-ticket disputes’ and noted that it remained a notable name in insolvency and tax disputes.

The firm’s senior partner, George Oraro, and managing partner, Chacha Odera, were ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ in law.

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