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In Loving Memory of Dr Mwangi Karangu [Tenth year Anniversary]

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Dr. Mwangi Karangu, this Saturday, it will be exactly ten years since you quietly left us to be with the Lord.  You left a void that no one else can ever fill.

Your life was a blessing to us and many others and we continue to remember your love for education.

We cherish the values you instilled in us of hard work and kindness.

You are fondly remembered by your family, relatives and many friends.

You are remembered in Kenya, Georgia,  Maryland, and beyond.

In God’s hands you rest and in our hearts you will always be.

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Kakamega police hunt for teacher’s killers

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Police in Mumias are looking for a gang that abducted a secondary school teacher from his home in Shinoyi location, Navakholo sub-county, and murdered him several kilometres away on Wednesday morning.

It has emerged that Mr Ernest Opondo, 54, had jumped from the moving vehicle along the Ekero-Butere road to escape the wrath of the abductors and locked himself in a nearby house. However, the assailants pursued him and killed him in the home of Hamis Malala at around 11.30am.

Kakamega Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Robert Murithi said they have identified the owner of the vehicle used in the abduction.

He said the victim was shot twice. “We recovered two bullet heads and two spent cartridges of 7.62mm special,” Mr Murithi said.

He said the motive behind the killing is unknown even though family members claim it is related to a land dispute . “We have taken the fingerprints for processing and confirming with the National Transport and Safety Authority to trace the vehicle, KCS 503L, used by the assailants,” said Mr Murithi. “We are taking statements from various people including his father and brothers who are said to have had disagreements with the teacher before his death.” The high school teacher was picked up by a gang of four men from his house.

According to his wife Maurine Atema, a teacher at Lirhanda Girls’ Secondary School in Ikolomani, the assailants — who were armed with rifles — held discussions with her husband inside their house before they dragged him out. They then hurled him into the boot of a waiting white saloon car parked outside their compound.

The deceased’s step-sister, Ms Violet Opondo, said the gang started beating him inside the house as they dragged him outside.

Ms Atema, who was at school at the time, said she was alerted about the development by her sister-in-law, Ms Opondo. “Even though we don’t have the evidence, we know who killed my husband. His decision to block the sale of land by his father and the step-family must be the cause of his killing.”

After receiving the news of Mr Opondo’s killing, residents of Emasinga village raided the home of one of his step-brothers, Mr Calistus Weremba, and torched his three houses.

They later moved to his father Peter Ndege’s house and took away three cows which were later discovered to have been burnt to death in a house under construction. The house belongs to Mr Ndege’s younger son Fredrick Opondo. The deceased was Mr Ndege’s eldest son.

Mr Ndege had sold one parcel of land to a private developer and another to Navakholo NG-CDF for establishment of a primary school. However, the deceased had moved to the lands office and put an injunction against the deals.

Mr Ndege said his eldest son had a dispute with his step-brothers after he allegedly engaged in an incestuous relationship with the daughter of one of them. He was later interdicted by the Teachers’ Service Commission over the case.

By Nation.co.ke

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PHOTOS: UoN lecturer Ken Ouko buried

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It is unfortunate that the widow of University of Nairobi lecturer Ken Ouko was stigmatised due to her Covid-19 status, the family said at his burial Friday, revealing a controversy and hitches that might have contributed to his delayed burial.

The don’s uncle, Dr Sam Ouko, the Chief pharmacist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), said it took his intervention for Mrs Grace Ouko to be allowed to bury her husband.

He regretted that the family was sidelined at its time of need.

Dr Ouko blamed the Homa Bay County Covid-19 emergency response team, accusing it of failing to follow stipulated regulations and attempting to deny the family an opportunity to bury the renowned sociology lecturer.

“In line with government restrictions on how to bury Covid-19 victims, we encountered many difficulties in having the body buried after 48 hours and ensuring his widow and children gave their loved one a befitting send off,” he said at the don’s home in Nyandiwa, Homa Bay.

The move by the county team scared family members and caused some of them not to attend the burial, he added.

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Grace Ouko, widow of University of Nairobi lecturer Ken Ouko, speaks during his burial ceremony at their home in Nyandiwa, Homa Bay County, on August 7, 2020. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

FEAR

Lake Basin Development Authority chair Odoyo Owidi, who was part of the Nairobi funeral committee, accused medical facilities of creating the fear of people sick with the virus.

“Kenyans need civic education on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. This disease can best be managed at home so Kenyans need not panic, he said.

Mr Ouko’s father, 89-year-old Caleb Ouko, blamed the confusion ahead of his burial on conflicting information from Homa Bay County officials.

“At one time we were told it was risky for the family to visit the home while the next time they said it was ok,” he said.

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People dressed in personal protective equipment are pictured in Nyandiwa, Homa Bay County, on August 7, 2020 during the burial ceremony for University of Nairobi lecturer Ken Ouko. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

STRICT MEASURES

The burial was marked with the heavy presence of the police who manned the compound as villagers followed proceedings through the fence.

The cortege, initially scheduled to reach at home by 6am Friday, was seven hours late following clearance hitches at the hospital.  It had been scheduled to depart earlier on Thursday in order to arrive in Homa Bay at dawn.

The body remained in the hearse for the estimated one hour and 45 minutes that the ceremony took.

As with all Covid-19 cases, residents were not allowed to view the body as the county emergency response team took charge of the burial.

Mrs Ouko and two of their four children initially tested positive for the virus but were later found negative.

The widow, who travelled in the hearse from Aga Khan University Hospital mortuary, read her eulogy from the vehicle. She only alighted from the car at the very last moments of the burial.

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University of Nairobi lecturer Ken Ouko’s widow, Grace Ouko, and other relatives perform a final rite during his burial ceremony at their home in Nyandiwa, Homa Bay County, on August 7, 2020. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

EULOGIES

Mr Ouko’s father said he was one of his favorites while his widow described him as caring, loving and prayerful.

“For the 30 years we were married, Ken treated us with dignity and pride,” Mrs Ouko said.

Regarding his illness, she said he was being treated for a bacterial infection but it persisted, hence the coronavirus test.

“For the first one week he was at the isolation centre at Aga Khan hospital, he asked for his laptop so he could do some work,” she said.

“The situation worsened in the second week when he was put in the ICU and on ventilation machines.”

The don was buried at the family graveyard next to his mother and brother.

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David Ndii: Raila would have led Kenya better than Uhuru, he is always sober 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Economist David Ndii has made a u-turn and praised former prime minister Raila Odinga as hardworking team player who is always sober.

Ndii, a former National Super Alliance (NASA) strategist, said Raila could have led Kenya better than President Uhuru Kenyatta.

While responding to a tweep on Thursday, August 6, Africa’s second most influential economist online described the Orange Democratic Movement leader (ODM) as a progressive hard working politician.

“Raila is a progressive hard working politician and a great team player. Over and above that, he is sober,” he posted.

In his first tweet that led to the question, the tough-talking economist questioned Kenyans who voted for Uhuru saying they made a “bad” choice and should live with the consequences.

“Kenyans who voted Uhuru Kenyatta three times need to ask themselves if he was the president to lead Kenya to prosperity.

“Americans need to ask themselves if Donald Trump…Democracy includes freedom to make bad choices, and only the people can correct themselves through elections,” he stated.

Ndii broke ranks with Raila in 2018 after the former premier ceased hostilities with the head of state in what culminated to the famous handshake that restored peace and order in the country at a time when the Opposition was crying foul of bungled elections.

He criticised the AU infrastructure envoy saying he has jumped into a “sinking” ship by agreeing to work with the president.

He attributed Kenyans’ suffering to Raila’s decision to work with Uhuru noting Kenya was over borrowing and spending the money in projects with no value for money.

Ndii added the Jubilee government has made Kenyans poorer through a series of multi-billion scandals and poor economic strategies.

“Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy is a scam. School laptops scam, SGR scam, Eurobond scam, Galana Kulalu scam, last mile connectivity scam, security cameras scam, dams scam, Container terminal scam, Huduma namba scam, Stawi loan app scam, early oil export scam, medical equipment scam, what have I missed?,” he said.

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