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Here is why Polycarp Igathe quit as Nairobi County Deputy Governor



Details why Polycarp Igathe quit office


Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe has resigned barely six months after assuming office citing failure to earn the trust of his boss to enable him to deliver services to Nairobians.

Igathe resigned on Friday, January 12, months after reports emerged of a bitter fallout with Governor Mike Sonko.

In a statement, Igathe said that he had failed to win Sonko’s trust to run administration and management of the county government.


Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe resigns- cites frustrations from Governor Sonko

Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe resigns- cites frustrations from Governor Sonko

“Without fear, favor or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians and my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he said in his statement.

Igathe was elected alongside Sonko on a Jubilee ticket in a hotly contested election on August 8, 2017.


Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe's resignation letter.

Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe’s resignation letter.


In his letter dated Thursday, January 11 and addressed to Sonko and Speaker of the County Assembly Beatrice Elachi, Igathe said Wednesday, January 31 would be his last day in office.

Crying shame of city’s national monuments “I write to resign my seat as the elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm, Wednesday, 31st January 2018. Serving Kenyans, in Nairobi under your leadership, has been a high honor and distinct privilege. I am grateful to Nairobians and yourself for giving me the opportunity to serve. Thank you and please accept my highest personal regards.”

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Police questioned on bodies found in car at their station



A post-mortem examination of the bodies of two children discovered in a wrecked car parked at the Athi River Police station on Wednesday evening is set to be done tomorrow at the Chiromo Funeral Home.

The examination is part of efforts by detectives to piece together the last moments of best friends Alvina Mutheu and Henry Jacktone, whose murders have shocked the country.Alvina, 3, and Jacktone, 4, went missing on June 11, and in a bizarre twist of events their bodies were discovered at the very place their parents reported their disappearance, raising questions on who could have snuck their bodies into a police station, and why.Some of the answers the post-mortem exam could provide include Alvina and Jacktone’s cause and date of death, and whether there was any form of struggle.

Their bodies were decomposed by the time they were discovered on the floor of a car parked at a yard inside Athi River Police Station.

The speed of decomposition, how-ever, varies depending on the environment, and the heat inside a parked car can make a body decompose faster.

“We only found skeletons and it was not easy to tell them apart,” Clifton Odhiambo, who is Jacktone’s father, told the Sunday Nation.

Preliminary investigations show that the Toyota Belta, registration number KCT 510X, in which the two bodies were found was not broken into.

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Keys belonging to impounded cars are usually kept inside a safe under the responsibility of officers on duty.

The keys can only be released if the impounded car has been officially released and a note issued to whoever has come to claim the vehicle. It is puzzling how someone accessed a car parked inside a police station, which is a security installation, put the bodies of two children inside a car, and left without anyone noticing.

Detectives have already questioned a number of officers from the station. It is said that a man claiming to be the owner of the car discovered the bodies when he went to collect it on Wednesday.

The car, which is now a scene of crime, has been parked at the station since March 5, when it was involved in a road accident.

Athi River police boss Catherine Ringera on Thursday said the car had nothing inside when it was brought to the station.

“We inspected it and other than the spare wheel and a wheel jack, there was nothing else in it,” she said.Detectives have now summoned the owner of the car plus the man who is said to have come to the station wanting to have it released to him.

A search on the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) system shows that the car is registered to a Ms. Peris Ngugi.Parents of the two children are also set to record fresh statements with the police.

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They claim they had received a number of calls from unknown people after their children disappeared, asking them for ransom.None of these claims were reported at the Athi River Police Station, apart from the fact that Alvina and Jacktone had disappeared

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Police arrest teacher suspected to be notorious car thief



On June 11, the deputy officer commanding Matunda Police Station Joseph Jakoyo reported that his car, a Nissan Wingroad, had been stolen from his parking lot.

A day later, detectives who had been dispatched from Nairobi to investigate the rising cases of car theft in the North and South Rift regions spotted a car with similar specifications on the Kericho-Sotik road.

The car had a different number plate and when the detectives asked the driver to pull over, he sped off.

On being pursued he started shooting at the officers.

Three occupants of the vehicle abandoned it by the roadside and escaped on foot but Aron Kibet Chepkwony, 25 was arrested.

Car theft syndicate

Mr Jakoyo, an Inspector of Police, like many other Kenyans, had fallen victim to a car theft syndicate that operates in Eldoret, Kitale, Kericho, Bomet, Narok and Nakuru.

In April, the DCI appointed a team from the Special Service Unit and the Crime Research and Investigations Bureau to resolve the crimes after hundreds of complaints were recorded in the towns.

Yesterday, the DCI announced that they had arrested the alleged mastermind of the crime — a teacher at St. Columbans Secondary School in Kitale.

They said they found David Ogeisia Migosi, 48, with 17 fake logbooks and a Toyota Probox reported to have been stolen.

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“Upon interrogation, officers proceeded to his hideout where two other suspects, Asman Memba Bakari, 38, and Jeremiah Yego Kiptoo, 34, were arrested,” said a statement from DCI boss George Kinoti.Seven vehicles that had been reported stolen from different towns within the Rift were recovered between Thursday and Friday, Mr Kinoti said.

They are Toyota Axio (KCL 790N), a Toyota Hilux (KBB 876A), a white Toyota Probox without number plates, Toyota DX (KBJ 316D), Toyota Premio (KBN 377A), Toyota Hiace (KCL 378K), and Isuzu D-Max pickup (KCR 734T). By press time, police were checking with the Kenya Revenue Authority to see if the number plates match with the cars’ chassis numbers. The police also found fake number plates, chassis number stickers, ignition systems, 17 suspected fake logbooks, cheque books and sale agreements.

The DCI believes that the syndicate works with some employees of the Na-tional Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

“The job of the NTSA employee is to extract information about vehicle specifications from the NTSA website to facilitate the cloning of number plates. The information is supposed to ensure that the fake number plate to be created matches with the model of a car that bears a genuine number plate.

This is because if a car number plate belongs to a lorry, and in the event that the police conduct a random search while on the road and find out that a number plate that, say, a Probox bears belongs to a lorry, they would definitely know that it is fake,” Mr Kinoti said.

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Some of the cars were recovered from people who had already bought them. They include a white Toyota Probox, KCD 473V, another vehicle, KCK 279L, a Toyota NZE, KBV 951V, recovered from Wickcliff Momanyi Osoro, a Mercedes Benz C200, KAD 200J, and a Toyota Townace, KBF 875D.

By yesterday, police were looking for an NTSA officer suspected to be the creator of fake number plates.

The thieves, DCI said, have been targeting vehicles in parking lots, at homes and those parked in malls and streets. They use a gadget called kindler to unlock the car and, once inside, they tamper with the ignition to start it.

By Sunday Nation

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We need to adopt Renewable Energy for our Real Estate Developments, says Optiven CEO




Optiven CEO George Wachiuri has just officially unveiled a symbolism of green energy adoptions at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu. Situated right at the entry point of this gated community, this new landmark named as The Fountain of Peace is 100% solar energy enabled and is a statement of intent by this leading real estate firm to adopt renewable energy for all amenities at this high end prime value added development.

Optiven Group is continuously adopting Green Energy in its real estate developments. This leading real estate firm is alive to the fact that there is a need for Kenyan real estate players to adopt green utilities, green spaces, solar enabled infrastructure such as solar lights and water recycling technology amongst others.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace is an example of projects that are being designed with green energy in mind.

This modern gated community is quickly coming up with amenities that have a touch of green energy, for the benefit of the residents who will settle here and their future generations.

“Going forward, developers will need to seriously consider adopting green energy to sustain the future generations and also adopt the Sustainable Development Goal Number 7 that seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” says George Wachiuri, Optiven Group CEO.

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“Here at Amani Ridge, we are seeking to achieve this through adoption of solar energy where all our street lights will be 100% solar powered. Our adoption of solar energy is educated by the fact that Kenya has high insolation rates, with an average of 5-7 peak sunshine hours and average daily insolation of 4-6 kWh/m2.

We must make use of this God-given source of green energy. We are also adopting water recycling technology where each home that will be set up here will have a bio digester to avoid water wastage. On the other hand, we have set aside 10 green spaces in this gated community in order to make this gated community as natural as possible,” says Wachiuri.

Besides these undertakings, this development will also be installed with underground power cables which emit no electric field and can be engineered to emit a lower magnetic field as opposed to overhead lines.

Optiven has set up a symbolism of all these green energy adoptions, right at the entry point of this gated community, with the installation of a solar energy enabled fountain named as The Fountain of Peace. This new intelligent water fountain is only an example of amenities that will 100% be using solar energy in this development.

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Designed by Noble Parks & Pools, this feature is a hint of other value additions at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace that will include green public parks, fruit orchards, cabro internal roads, a superlative entry gate, security stone walls that have been installed with razor wire and CCTV and an elevated steel galvanized 15 meter high 100, 000 liters tank.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace will also have a provision of club house, house designs, appointed architect, registered community regulations by the county government, a home owners association, and uniformed security guards and two caretakers on site.

Contact Optiven Group: Tel 0790 300 300 Email: Website: George Wachiuri Blog:

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