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New Jersey suspends License for Kenyan woman found guilty of killing husband

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The New Jersey State Board of Examiners has suspended the teaching license of a Kenyan woman sentenced to death in Kenya for murdering her own husband.

Sheila Wanjiku Kibinge, who also goes by the name Sheila Kairu, was convicted by Justice Jessie Lessit of the Kenya High Court on July 24th of this year of killing her husband, Leonard Kibinge Kiruri on April 14, 2014 in Gitaru village in Kikuyu, Kiambu County. She was sentenced to death on August 1st, 2017.

Sheila who resided in Maplewood, New Jersey before her trip to Kenya, was an elementary school teacher in the state. Upon learning of her conviction for murder in Kenya, the New Jersey State Board of Examiners under the New Jersey Department of Education on July 27th voted to suspend her teaching license. The matter was formally adopted on September 15th of this year.

“On this 15th day of September 2017, the Board formally adopted its written decision to suspend and it is therefore ORDERED that Sheila Kairu’s Teacher of Elementary School and Teacher of Physical Science Certificates of Eligibility and her Teacher of Physical Science, Teacher of

Elementary School and Supervisor certificates be suspended, effective immediately,” wrote the Board.

She was further ordered to return her certificated to the Board within 30 days of the decision.

If she is ever cleared of the crime and gets out of prison, Sheila will be eligible to have the suspension lifted.

While there was no direct evidence to link Sheila to the crime, the judge said the circumstantial evidence as well as Sheila’s inconsistent accounts of the events surrounding her husband’s death were strong enough to convict her.

Sheila told the court that she was a passenger in the car and asleep as her husband drove. She said she believed carjackers entered the car, and she only woke up to a blast she later learned was a gunshot. The car then crashed into a fence after which she fled the scene to save her life and seek help, she told the court.

The Judge noted that it was interesting that after the incident, she bypassed Kikuyu Police Station, which is a few meters from the scene of incident and 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.”

“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 said in court.

She was also said to have changed clothes by the time she reported the matter to the police station.

The motive of the killing was believed to be dispute over property ownership. The murder weapon was never found.

Sheila said she was in Kenya at the time to secure a visa for her husband so that he could move to the US where she lived.

 

-mwakilishi.com

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Magistrate fundraises for woman who stole weave to look pretty

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A court has contributed money to settle the debt of a woman who stole weaves worth Sh1,140. Karyn Chelagat from Kilifi said she stole the weaves because she wanted to look as beautiful as other women.

She told Resident Magistrate David Odhiambo she is poor and could not afford the weave.Amid sobs, Chelagat was accused of stealing from a supermarket in Mtwapa on Sunday.

“I stole the weaves from the supermarket because I wanted to look beautiful like other women I see around. I had gone to the supermarket to buy one but upon looking at the price tag, I was disappointed to find it was too expensive,” she said.”So I decided to steal it.”

She added that poverty has stopped her from grooming herself and ‘looking beautiful’.“When I came to town I saw women sporting good hair and wearing quality make-up. I wanted to be like them.”

Odhiambo decided against convicting her and instead requested the court to contribute the Sh1,140.“I request that the lawyers present in court and anyone willing to contribute at least Sh100 to compensate the supermarket and help raise some funds to help this woman.”

Lawyer William Bosire gave out Sh2,000 to settle Chelagat’s debt and keep her from staying in jail for two years or paying a Sh50,000 fine.Odhiambo also directed the investigating officer to return the stolen weaves to the supermarket and hand over the Sh2,000 to Chelagat for food and the debt.

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UoN student left for the dead after alleged beating by varsity guards

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A student at University of Nairobi was over the weekend allegedly battered by guards at the College of Architecture.

Students Organisation of Nairobi University (Sonu) chair Ann Mvurya accused the security guards, attached to Lavington Security Limited,  of beating Kelvin Ochieng despite his efforts to prove that he was a student.

The operations manager of Lavington Security Limited confirmed the incident to Nairobi News.

Ms Mvurya told journalists that Kelvin had even logged to his student portal and confirmed that he was a student of registration number D33/83354/2017.

“He had already logged in to his portal to confirm that he is indeed a student but the ignorant security guards, after failing to understand how a portal operates, started beating him up,” she said.

Ms Mvurya claimed the guards stole Sh3,200 from the student before ‘stripping him with an aim of covering their heinous acts’.

The student sustained deep head cuts and was taken to the University Health Service (UHS) dispensary.

“This is uncalled for and should be brought to an end,” she said.

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Ex-KRA boss Njiraini, Murugi shortlisted to head National Land Commission

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Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini is among the 11 candidates shortlisted for the chairperson of the National Land Commission.

Njiraini, who had sat at the helm of  KRA since March 2012, left last month after his term expired.

Former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi has also been listed as a contender for the NLC Board top seat that fell vacant when Mohammed Swazuri’s tenure ended.

Swazuri’s tenure was tainted with controversies and culminated in several arrests and subsequent arraignment.

On Tuesday, an advertisement in the local daily also named other candidates shortlisted for NLC Board Chairperson as Mwenda Makathimo (Executive Director of the Land Development & Governance Institute); prominent lawyer Gershom Otachi; Naomi Wagereka (former Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Chairperson); Robert Kilimo, Patrick Adolowa, Humphrey Njuguna, Paul Wambua, Tiyah Ali (Isiolo County MP) and Gershom Bw’Omanwa.

According to the National Land Commission, the above candidates were shortlisted from 117 applications which the commission received.

Notable personalities who were shortlisted for membership positions include Francis Nderitu (Ndaragwa MP), Prof Gitile Naituli and Adan Abdi Mohamed (former National Cohesion and Integration Committee (NCIC) commissioners), Boniface Otsyula (Bumula MP), Alex Muthengi (former Tharaka MP) and Omingo Magara (former South Mugirango MP).

The candidates are required to appear before an interview panel starting 7:30a.m on Monday, July 29.

Upon interviews, two qualified applicants for the position of chairperson will be shortlisted and 16 for members, then forwarded to the President.

The President is then expected to nominate the chairperson and eight members within 14 days, then forward to the National Assembly for vetting within 21 days.

Should Parliament approve the names within seven days, they will be again forwarded to the President, who will then appoint them through a Gazette notice.

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