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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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KWITU Founder Lilly Richards Launches New Shoe Line in the US

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Kenya Women in the United States (KWITU) founder and president Lilly Richards has launched a new shoe line dubbed “Lavish by Lilly.”

The shoes, intended for the high-end market, are handmade by a master Italian craftsman from pristine Italian leather and are available on order.

Ms. Lilly has taken to social media to express her joy even as she thanked her customers who have made orders for the shoes.

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“Yesterday I woke up to hundreds of tags on the Internet. I did not see it coming but the love and support was unbelievable,” she says.

“How did I get to be so lucky as to have your love and support. You have encouraged me and reassured me of God’s love and promises to us. I am beyond grateful. I am overwhelmed with joy. My heart is full and at this point I can say I am truly happy and always blessed. Thank you for standing with me as I take a chance. Thanks to all that have put in orders. Nashukuru.”

Lilly is an advocate for women and children and currently partners with results.org to help influence political decisions and bring to end preventable maternal and child deaths.

She founded KWITU, one of the largest and most active Kenyan women network in the diaspora.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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We’ll continue giving money to churches, DP Ruto says

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Deputy President William Ruto has hit back at critics as the ‘dirty money’ in churches debate rages on.

Anglican Church Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit waded into the debate when he announced that the church will review donations by political leaders.

Sapit spoke against using pulpits to ‘clean’ stolen money in the guise of charitable donations.

But on Wednesday, Ruto said his faith comes first before ‘politician’ titles.

“Since Sunday school we learned to kneel before and worship GOD that’s the ONLY reason we stand before men,” he said.

“We will continue to worship Jehovah with our hearts and substance.”

Ruto added that he is not unashamed of his God and unapologetic of his faith.

“We are Christians first other titles after,” he added.

The churches spoke against the backdrop of a vicious debate on harambees in churches.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga hit out at corrupt leaders for turning churches into avenues of laundering money obtained illegally from public coffers.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also cautioned clerics against accepting money suspected to be proceeds of corruption.

Although the two leaders did not name names, their statements could have been a veiled attack on Ruto over his huge donations in church fundraisers.

Ruto’s penchant for church donations has been a subject of heated debates, with a number of leaders questioning the source of the millions he has been using to bankroll church activities all over the country.

The DP has, however, remained unapologetic about helping religious institutions and fashioned himself as an evangelist dedicated to spreading the gospel and supporting churches – at one point saying he is investing in heaven.

source:thestar

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Former UoN student arrested for impersonating Aden Duale, defrauding public

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Officers attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at the central police station are holding a former University of Nairobi student who has been impersonating National Assembly leader of majority Aden Duale.

Mr James Oire Ombui is said to have opened a fake Facebook account using Mr Duale’s name where he has been luring unsuspecting members of the public to part with Sh 2,000 in order for them to access 10,000 scholarships allegedly set aside for students across the country.

According to a statement issued by the DCI, Mr Ombui had been asking unsuspecting Kenyans to send the cash to his two phone numbers listed as 0720886964 and 0722134712.

Central Police Station police boss Peter Atavashi said officers pounced on the suspect in Nakuru before transferring him to the central police station in Nairobi.

“He was arrested in Nakuru and brought to central police station after a complaint was made against him,” he said.

Nairobi News has also established that the suspect was arraigned in Nairobi on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating the senior Jubilee Party and parliament leader.

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