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All Kenyan school buses must be painted Yellow by March 30, orders Matiang’i

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Acting Education CS Fred Matiangi has ordered that all school buses be painted yellow by March 30. Matiang’i, who is also Interior minister, has also asked traffic police to ensure the buses only operate between 6am and 6pm.
 Last year, MPs passed Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which requires all school buses to be of this colour.

The Bill requires institution names written in black and that the vehicles have all prescribed signage. The law further proposes that the buses be fitted with safety belts designed for use by children.

These were part of changes aimed at improving the safety of pupils and teachers who use the vehicles.

 Students of Birithia Girls Secondary School in Othaya celebrate after receiving a bus worth Sh6.1 million in October 2014. /Wambugu Kanyi
Students of Birithia Girls Secondary School in Othaya celebrate after receiving a bus worth Sh6.1 million in October 2014. /Wambugu Kanyi
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20 Kenyan MPs linked to fake currency cartels

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Details have emerged of how close to 20 Members of Parliament are making millions of shillings from dealings in fake currency.

The MPs are said to be in a part of local and international cartels which are conning gullible individuals and investors.

In a new investigation, The Standard has reported that the local and international racketeers are involved in the lucrative yet illegal business, raking in millions of shillings from counterfeit money and gold.

The criminal ring also includes corrupt police officers, fast-talking wheeler-dealers, immigration officers, bankers, high-end hotels and judicial officers.

According to the report by The Standard, these cartels send scouts to popular tourist destinations,where they check into presidential suites in five-star hotels, posing as rich businessmen and interact with the rich and famous.

FAKE CURRENCY

Just like in the case of Barclays Bank Queensway branch, where fake currency equivalent to Sh 2 billion was recovered last week after a raid by police, they rent out secure safe boxes in banks and conceal the fake currency and gold.

On March 19, 2019, a raid at Barclays Bank Queensway branch saw police net more than Sh 2 billion in fake currency and a consignment of fake gold stashed in a safe belonging to certain Mr Eric Otieno Adede.

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On February 27, 2019, Sh32 billion in fake foreign currency was recovered at a residential house in Ruiru town, 26km north-east of Nairobi,

In October 2018, a male Chadian national, his son and their Kenyan accomplice were arrest and prosecuted for being in possession of about Sh1 billion in counterfeit Dollars and Euros.

In June 2018, the High Court in Nairobi sentenced a Niger and Cameroonian nationals to 10 years in jail for being in possession of an estimated Sh110 billion in counterfeit currency.

COUNTERFEIT SYNDICATE

Two other suspects were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in October 2016 with fake Sh267 million Euro notes in 500 bills on their way to Dubai.

According to The Standard, there are printers in Luthuli, Khoja and Kirinyaga roads, whose specialty is bulk printing of counterfeit currency.

The houses are equipped with the printers, and supplies of vitamin C, iodine liquid, paper cutting machines and rims of white papers.

Two chief inspectors of police have also been linked to the counterfeit syndicate, who have now moved from downtown Nairobi to residential estates.

The counterfeiters said to operate in Parklands, Kilimani, Lavington and Eastleigh.

source:nairobinews

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How American wanted for murder of Kenyan billionaire is living lavish life in US

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An American fugitive wanted for the murder of a billionaire in Kenya is living large in Florida despite two warrants of arrest against him, the Sunday Nation can reveal.

Tomorrow, as a Mombasa court hears the case on the murder of Jimmy Paluram Jagatrum Baburam, who was found dead in a swimming pool at Medina Palms Resort in Watamu on July 26, 2015, the American suspect linked to the killing will not be present.

DROWNING

Mr Jacob Will Schmalzle, who fled Kenya after he was tipped off by a rogue investigator that he would be arrested over the murder, will probably be busy doing his sales job at Castle Church Brewing in Orlando, Florida.

In Kenya, Mr Schmalzle, 33, left behind his alleged lover and co-accused in the murder case, Ms Amina Shiraz Yakub — who is also Mr Baburam’s widow.

Officers investigating the matter suspect that Mr Baburam was murdered in a love triangle during a family vacation in the Coast where Mr Schmalzle was present.

A case was filed against the duo a year after Mr Baburam was murdered.

Postmortem results showed that he died as a result of drowning and chronic kidney disease. Mr Baburam also had cerebral oedema, which is an accumulation of fluid in spaces inside and outside the brain cells.

Ms Yakub is out on a Sh10 million bond with two sureties of the same amount. In her bail terms, she was ordered to report to Gigiri Police Station in Nairobi once every week until the end of the trial. However, Mr Richard Mungwai the OCPD Gigiri said “no officer is aware of such a lady reporting”.

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Kenyan authorities had indicated they had issued an international warrant of arrest against the fugitive, but Interpol told the Sunday Nation they were not aware of any such request. It took us just a few days to track down Mr Schmalzle using information from a US-based anonymous source, publicly available personal data held by American authorities, online search tools and social media posts.

Mr Schmalzle currently lives in a Sh30 million luxury home which stands on a 0.28-acre land in Hunter Isle Drive, Orlando. The property is registered in the name of his father Mr Robert Schmalzle who is a pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kissimmee, Florida.

A source in the USA told the Sunday Nation that the fugitive is a known golfer and also plays key roles in the Lutheran church in Florida.

In August 24, 2015 — just a month after the death of her husband — Ms Yakub was part of the 250 guests who witnessed the suspect’s brother, Aaron and Ms Joelle Palzer walk down the aisle at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Florida.

Mr Schmalzle first came to Kenya in 1998 when he was 12, arriving with his parents and siblings. Their mission? To spread Christianity through the Lutheran Church of Kenya.

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He would later leave for the US where he went to further his studies but later returned in 2007 after he graduated from Wittenberg University.

EXTRADITION

He was previously associated with various companies, including Eco Pallets Kenya Limited, Village Markets of Africa and Dr Bones. A company registry search this week indicated the files were not immediately available.

In a magazine published on October 11, 2012 by the Central States Syroid Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mr Schmalzle described the Village Markets of Africa as a Lutheran fair trade organisation that “brings handmade crafts from developing countries across the world to the USA.”

Dr Bones was a company that used to deliver dog food within Nairobi. Ms Yakub is associated with Very Impawtant Pets (VIP) Spa Limited. The two are said to have initially had work-related meetings.

When the Sunday Nation called VIP company, which is based along Kitusuru Road in Nairobi and deals with providing care for pets, an official who picked the call said Ms Yakub was no longer a director.

However, records at the registrar of companies accessed on Friday list Ms Yakub as a director.

The first arrest warrant against the American was issued on December 8, 2016 by the Mombasa High Court but it was too late because the suspect had already fled to America.

The warrant was issued by Judge Asenath Ongeri after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said that without the warrant of arrest it could not commence extradition proceedings.

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Again, on March 2, 2017, a second warrant of arrest was issued against Mr Schmalzle by the Malindi Chief Margistrate Julie Oseko.

HIGHEST PRIORITY

Investigations further revealed that Mr Schmalzle’s exit from the country was not without drama.

A video clip that is loaded on YouTube shows how Mr David Jagatram, a retired brigadier who is the late Baburam’s father, followed him to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and caused a fracas that saw Mr Mr Schmalzle’s departure delayed.

Mr Schmalzle filed a complaint at the JKIA police station claiming assault. He told the police that he was hit with a walking stick and had his complaint recorded as OB number 13/18/5/2016.

The late Baburam’s family through their lawyer Maru Nishit said that all they were interested to find out was the circumstances that led to the death of their kin.

“All the family is interested in is to find out what caused the death of Mr Baburam, that is all,” the lawyer said.

The legal pact between Kenya and America allows for extradition if one is accused of murder or manslaughter in either country. It is, however, not clear why Mr Schmalzle remains a free man in Florida despite the warrants.

The American Embassy this week said that no one was above the law and that the protection and assistance of American citizens in Kenya was its highest priority.

source:nation.co.ke

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Makueni family buries soil from Ethiopia plane crash site

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A sombre mood engulfed a family in Makueni when they buried soil from the site of the Ethiopian Airline crash.

The ‘burial’ of Anne Mukui took place at Kitise village in Makueni.

Emotions ran high when Mukui’s family led by her husband Simon Munyao and three children eulogised her as a loving woman and who had great expectations in life.

The children she left behind are aged 7, 5 and 1 year.

“I had proposed we accompany her for holiday as she went to work in Italy but she said we plan for another time. Now we would be talking be of five dead people,” he added weeping.

The soil that was buried in a tiny coffin was picked from Ethiopia after the husband travelled there in hope of getting her remains.

“The children and I were on the fateful day waiting for Anne at JKIA only to get a call that the plane that she had boarded had crashed,” Munyao narrated.

source:capitalfm.co.ke

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