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Nakuru woman in attempt to sell baby at Sh1,200 charged with child trafficking

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A Nakuru woman who attempted to sell her three-weeks-old baby at Sh1,200 has pleaded guilty of child trafficking.

Ann Wangui, a 35-year-old mother of seven, was arrested at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital on Tuesday.

She admitted to planning to sell the baby girl to another woman who hails from Rongai immediately after she was discharged from the facility.

“I wanted to sell the girl to recover the money I had used to buy diapers used when she was in the incubator for three weeks,” she told the court.

Wangui, who hails from Njoro, had her baby put in the nursery since she was underweight and was due for discharge on Wednesday afternoon.

She wanted to sell the baby to Dorcas Nanjala, who was also admitted to the hospital. The latter’s baby died a few days after delivery.

The suspect asked Nanjala for Sh1,200 in exchange for the baby and further directed her to come with clothes for the little girl.

Nanjala was directed to arrive at the hospital gate at exactly 11am where the deal was to be sealed.

The buyer first reported the proposed deal to Nakuru Central police station and was escorted by plainclothes officers to the hospital.

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Wangui walked into the nursery and after few minutes, emerged holding the child. The detectives pounced on her.

Her husband Wilson Mungai arrived minutes later while armed with an assortment of baby clothes ready to walk home with his newborn.

Mungai expressed his shock after learning that his wife had planned to give away their child without informing him.

“My wife called me in the morning saying she would be discharged today and that is why I am here for them,” Mungai said.

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Meet teenage schoolboy with big dreams who crawls two miles to school – VIDEO

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Gilbert Otieng’ is a sixteen-year-old boy who can neither walk nor stand up, but whose remarkable story is that of hope, courage and an unbreakable determination to overcome his physical challenges.

For a start there is no bus service to his school in his home area deep in Teso South constituency, Busia County. Yet, the hilly terrain doesn’t stop him from getting to school everyday at St Dominic Aderema Primary School.

Otieng’s parents cannot afford a wheelchair for him but that has not deterred the Standard Four pupil from crawling for two miles to and from school everyday.

He does it four times everyday with his hands and knees.

At lunchtime, he crawls back home then makes the torturous journey back for the afternoon lessons.

In the evening, the story is the same.

He crawls for about 30 minutes before he reaches school, which translates to 6km everyday and 3okm every week.

His mother Rose Apali said when he gave birth to his son, all was well but the child became paralysed at the age of five.

“Otieng’ got disabled when he was five years old. Since then, things have never been the same for my son,” said Ms Apali.

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The mother says when Otieng’ turned 11, he insisted on going to school, a decision they found hard to make, considering his condition.

Otieng’ eventually joined school and has been attending his classes without fail, regardless of the weather. And he never complains.

“Come rain or sunshine, everyday he goes to school,” the mother says.

But Otieng’ admits that for the past 11 years his life has been full of endless challenges.

“It has been a painful experience for me. Waking up very early to crawl to school. I have to return home for lunch, go back for afternoon lessons then in the evening I go home. Sometimes, the road is too muddy because of rain but I have to go to school,” he says.

In a separate interview with KTN, Otieng’, whose favourite subjects are Science, English and Mathematics, said his dream to become a doctor.

The family would be happy to receive help from well-wishers to enable the teenager to join a school for the disabled or get him a wheelchair.

by Nairobi News

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Two Kenyan Men in US Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Mentally Challenged Woman

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Two Kenyan men in Minnesota face felony charges after police say they sexually assaulted a woman with mental and physical impairments at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in March.

Francis Ndegwa Kamau, 39, of Spring Lake Park was arrested in Minneapolis and booked in the Scott County Jail on Aug. 8 in connection with third-degree felony criminal sexual conduct. Kamau’s arrest came three months after the county attorney filed charges against Kamau and Kenneth Wagacha Kibe, 37, of Burnsville.

According to Prior Lake Police and court records, the warrant for Kibe has not yet been served, and he has not been arrested.

Both men are charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexual penetration of a person who “is mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.” Each charge carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $30,000 or both.

The county’s criminal complaint states officers found multiple videos of the alleged assault and a text conversation about the victim on the men’s phones.

The woman has been diagnosed with “mild intellectual disabilities, unspecified congenital anomaly of musculoskeletal system (right hand), seizure disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and depression,” and lives at a group home for people with cognitive and physical disabilities, according to the warrants.

The warrants allege that on the afternoon of March 30, Kamau and Kibe approached the woman while she waited at the casino buffet. The three chatted for a while before casino surveillance video shows them entering a hotel room for more than an hour.

The woman told police that when the group entered the hotel room, both men tried to have sex with her several times even though she told them to stop. During a sexual assault exam at St. Francis Medical Center the woman told a nurse that Kamau had told her he wanted to “give [you] a baby.”

Both Kamau and Kibe were at the casino when police arrived on the scene. During Kibe’s interview with officers, he said he had recorded a portion of the assault without Kamau’s knowledge.

Both men told police that they noticed the woman had a limp but did not realize that she had any cognitive disabilities.

Officers found and photographed “blood or other bodily fluid” and a condom wrapper on the bed sheets of the room.

In documents filed Aug. 9, Kamau said he had hired an attorney to represent him, though no attorney was listed on his case file at press time. His first court appearance is set for Oct. 21.

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A Westerner asked on Quora if Kenya has internet. Big mistake!

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An unidentified person got more than they bargained for when they asked on Quora if Kenya had internet.

Quora is an American question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, and edited by Internet users, either factually, or in the form of opinions.

The question did not go down well going by the answers, as many people felt the question was condescending.

Eric Mutema had a simple answer. “No sir, I am in Kenya right now and I can assure you my tree (in which I eat, sleep and spend my days) has no internet whatsoever.”

He added that if any of his neighbours in the forest and the posh bourgeoisie idiots in the caves had any internet he would have known it by now through the daily smoke signal send out by our chief’s son.So in conclusion sir. We do not have nor will we have any internet any time soon.”

Another smoke answer came one Allan Kamaliki who said that he lives in Kenya and no, “we don’t have internet.”

“Smoke is the most efficient mode of communication here since our rudimentary languages are not developed enough for any coherent communication. It’s quite dangerous though since our treehouses don’t like fire so much and there can be no smoke without fire – unless you have a car which Kenyans don’t,” he added.

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He posed, “Now tell me why we need the internet when we can send all the messages we need to send just with smoke?”

“Absolutely not, and whoever tells you otherwise is lying. The white and red-skinnes traders who often come to our shores with their wooden contraptions that float on water have often brought with them tales of a great wonder known as the Internet,” answered Benedict Mwaura.

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Mugo Mahianyu said that for a fact, No! “Kenyan citizens, like the rest of East Africans walk all the way to china in order to at least post anything on the web. We clearly have no access to Internet. Actually, the government of the republic of Kenya is collaborating with the Chinese government to have internet piped to us at least once every two weeks.”

Timothy Gorman Wafula retorted: “No, in fact, the home of M-PESA and mobile money transaction largely rely on smoke signals to send and receive money.”

“No. We use black magic, pigeons, night runners, and shouting across ridges to communicate. In fact, right now, I’m on top of a baobab tree to reply you via black magic while Cayman-alligator-crocodile monster of a hybrid is busy trying to make a meal of me,” answered one Sewe Saldanha.

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But there were a few who decided to give the person a few correct answers.

Vinnie Gems said that Kenya a great internet connection. “Most Kenyan citizens access the internet services using their Mobile phones and a smaller percentage using computers although Cyber Cafes are very common in Kenya,” he said.

One Peter Njuguna responded by saying that Kenya has the world’s 14th-fastest mobile internet speed: Oscar Kibet gave his perspective by replying, “Yes, Kenya has internet and its broadband is one of the fastest in Africa. There is coverage of 4G and 3G networks in practically all the regions of the country.”

by Nairobi News

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