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VIDEO: Jeremy Kuria, the survivor of horrific triple murder arrives in Atlanta for further check-up

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Jeremy Kuria, the survivor of a horrific family tragedy in August 2007 at his family’s Powder Springs home in which his mother Jane Kuria and two sisters, 19-year-old Isabela and 16-year-old Anabelle, were murdered, has arrived in Atlanta ahead of a fundraiser scheduled for Sunday at 3pm at the Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, GA.

On the fateful day in 2007, Police said Kuria’s mother and his two sisters were beaten to death in their beds during the middle of the night. Jeremy, who was 7 years old at the time, was also beaten but survived. As did a 10-year-old cousin.

Jeremey now lives with a grandmother in Kenya. But hard times have fallen on the 17-year-old again. Doctors there recently removed a tumor from his brain and the Kenyan community of Atlanta, which was so supportive of his family after the triple homicide, is rallying now to help pay the costs according to his uncle.

Mr Waira Njau, Jeremy Kuria’s uncle. PHOTO/Screengrab

According to Waira Njau, who is an uncle to the 17 year old Jeremy Kuria, the teen arrived in the country on Friday.

“He is already here. We as a family would like to have him go through further check up at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta just to be sure that the tumor is not cancerous,” he told KSN by phone on Saturday.

KSN has learnt that the doctors at Scottish Rite Hospital will evaluate him for further treatment. It’s believed the tumor was benign.

 

“To see if we can fundraise to offset this bill. We are in tune of about $50,000 right now. Which we don’t have. And for Jeremy to get further treatment, this bill has to be paid,” Njau Waira, Jeremy’s uncle said.

Nearly, 11 years later, police have been unable to make an arrest and the case has grown cold. But the Kenyan community has not forgotten.

“You can’t stop hurting,” Waira said. “We would like to know who did it and why. It’s a sad affair.”

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“They are saying the tumor is not showing cancer but it could be cancerous. If he came over here, they could take care of it where it won’t grow no more,” Waira said.

The Kenyan American Community Church located at 771 Elberta Drive in Marietta is holding a fundraiser for Jeremy Kuria on February 25 at 2 p.m.

The church is also taking donations. They hope to raise $50,000 for Jeremy’s past medical bills, but hope to raise enough for future bills as well.

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14 bodies found in Nairobi rivers

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A major operation to clean up the trash-clogged rivers in the Kenyan capital has led to the grisly discovery of 14 bodies, most of them babies and children, the local government said Friday.

On Friday, clean-up crews found the body of an eight-year-old boy who had been strangled and dumped near the Nairobi River, just days after the bodies of twin babies were discovered in a plastic bag.

“Nairobi county youth conducting cleaning of Nairobi River have today (Friday) found yet another body of a… boy strangled and dumped near the river,” said county government spokesman Elkana Jacob.

“This makes a total number of 14 bodies of adults and infants retrieved from Nairobi rivers since Governor Mike Sonko launched the clean-up exercise,” he said.

Nairobi’s name comes from a Maasai phrase meaning “place of cool waters”, however the main river and its tributaries have fallen prey to industrialisation and chaotic urban planning.

Factories spew industrial waste into the rivers, while dozens of informal settlements with no proper sewage system or trash removal fill them with garbage and human waste.

Governor Sonko announced the latest in a string of clean-up operations over the past two decades in May 2018, however it began in earnest in early 2019.

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“These numbers of dead bodies retrieved from rivers are worrying. We have called on the police to investigate these cases. Who are the people behind these senseless killings,” he said in a press statement Saturday.

“Once we have clean running rivers, no one will dump anything into the waters without being noticed. My teams are working round the clock to ensure we achieve what we have decided to do.”

Aside from eight infants and the young boy found Friday, the bodies of five adults were also found during the operation this year in the Nairobi River, and its tributaries the Ngong River and Mathare River.

Fredrick Okinda, chairman of Komb-Green Solutions which is assisting in the cleanup, blamed illegal clinics performing abortions for some of the bodies found. He said some appeared to be foetuses.

“Some hospitals here are doing abortions to young ladies and they don’t have any place to dump the bodies,” he told AFP.

Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless the life of the woman is in danger.

Some of the babies appeared to have been “thrown after being born”, said Okinda.

His organisation had buried some of the babies next to the river.

“We are not surprised because you know this is a slum area… so when we come to the cleanup we were ready to face any challenge as long as we reclaim the lost glory of Nairobi River.”

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Heads turn in S. Africa as Kenyan President skips Ramaphosa’s inauguration attended by over 40 leaders

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66 year old Ceryl Ramaphosa was sworn in as the President of South Africa for a 5 year term Saturday at a ceremony attended by about 40 leaders from the African Continent. However, conspicuously missing wa Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who has been known to hop onto his plane whenever the slightest opportunity to travel presents itself.

Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli, who hardly travels outside his country, was among those present. Uganda’s Ypoweri Museven, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi and Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnagagwa gravced the occasion.

Ramaphosa told South Africans on Saturday that ‘a new era’ had dawned as he was sworn in for a five-year term as president. More than 30,000 people gathered to witness the ceremony which included a flypast and military parade. Ramaphosa’s inauguration followed his ruling African National Congress party’s 57.5% victory in this month’s election.

Earlier in the week, reports had indicated that the President would travel with a delegation to South Africa, but State House spokesperson Kanze Dena yesterday confirmed Uhuru would not after all attend Ramaphosa’s inauguration.
“The President is not attending the event. There were no prior plans to attend the State function,” Ms Dena told The Standard when contacted on phone.
The South African parliament on Wednesday elected Ramaphosa, who has the majority in the House.
Dena said the President, presently, does not chair any regional economic bloc after he served as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development chair for a while.
“The President is not chairing any continental economic bloc for now,” she stated.
Among the dignitaries invited are Egypt’s president and chair of the African Union Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Fakhi. Also invited is the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.
The restricted invite list is attributed to austerity measures since the SA government is planning to spend less money on the event than it did on Zuma’s inauguration.
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“We all know there is economic difficulty in this country. The budget that we are going to spend on this inauguration is less than what was spent in the previous inauguration,” Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister in the presidency, is quoted as saying in the local press.

“We had to ensure we don’t spend as much as we did in the last inauguration… taking into account inflation,” she said.
Dlamini-Zuma said the previous inauguration, where former president Jacob Zuma was sworn in for his second term, cost in excess of R240 million.
The Standard, however, learnt that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already submitted its list, only to be cancelled at the last minute.
“There are some Jubilee party officials who will however be in attendance,” said a senior official in government.
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Deputy President William Ruto’s planned 10-day trip to the US and Canada was cancelled by State House on the premise that Uhuru and his deputy cannot be away at the same time.

 

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US official urges patience on Kenya graft cases

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A top US law enforcement urged frustrated Kenyans on Thursday to “be a little bit patient” concerning the outcome of corruption cases.

“Anti-corruption investigations are particularly complex,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Heather Merritt said in a press briefing.

“They tend to involve multiple jurisdictions because often corrupt officials are able to move assets amongst various jurisdictions both within your country and internationally,” Ms Merritt added.

She was speaking in response to a reporter’s question about the paucity of corruption convictions in Kenya.

Ms Merritt, who heads the State Department’s bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement, also cited US efforts to strengthen Kenya’s police service and to develop programmes intended to curb impunity.

She noted that she had co-chaired discussions on security and democracy as part of the recent US-Kenya Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held in Washington.

The US pledged in that forum to provide “technical and operational assistance” to the internal affairs unit of the Kenya police service as well as to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

Ms Merritt emphasised that corruption can most effectively be addressed through strong national institutions that enforce accountability.

“It is all about stopping impunity,” she said. “It’s about society’s demanding accountability, but most of all it’s about developing strong independent institutions that are able to combat corruption across the criminal justice sector.”

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The US official rejected arguments that corruption can be eliminated by increasing low salaries paid to law-enforcement personnel in poor countries.

“Adequate salaries are not enough,” Ms Merritt declared. “Even in countries where officials are very well paid, there are sometimes people who fall prey unfortunately to corruption and so we have got to do everything we can to strengthen institutions.”

She pointed to the example of the corruption scandal that shook the world football authority known as Fifa a few years ago.

“It’s not because (former Fifa head) Sepp Blatter was underpaid,” Ms Merritt said. “It’s not because the Fifa commissioners around the world were underpaid that they were susceptible to bribes… They made a decision to engage in corruption.”

The Fifa scandals were exposed because “there were institutions that were able to do investigations to hold accountable those who were involved,” Ms Merritt noted.

She also sounded an alarm about “burgeoning illicit markets” in Africa.

“Wildlife poaching and trafficking represents an escalating international security and conservation crisis,” Ms Merritt warned. “What we are seeing now in many of your countries is coordinated slaughter which was commissioned by armed and organized criminal syndicates.”

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