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Slain musician Chelele’s husband to face murder trial

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The husband of musician Diana Chemutai ‘Chelele’, who was implicated in her killing, is scheduled to undergo trial for a second murder.

Eric Musila had been accused alongside his wife of murdering Eldoret-based surveyor Eliud Kipchirchir.

Yesterday, Justice David Majanja ruled that the prosecution had proved that Mr Musila had a case to answer in relation to the killing.

The court heard that the incident took place in Ruseya, Konoin district in Bomet County, in March 2012.

Following the killing, the accused and his wife were charged and they pleaded not guilty.

Chelele died before the case was concluded.

Musila was then charged with the killing of his wife in a case that was heard in a Naivasha court.

Chelele’s mutilated body was discovered at her home in Bomet two days after her disappearance on January 7, 2016.

In June 2016, witnesses who testified in Chelele’s murder case told a Naivasha court the couple’s marriage had been rocked by claims of infidelity.

According to Damaris Chepkemoi, a close friend of Chelele, the musician had accused her husband of infidelity before she was found dead.

The court also heard that Chelele’s then estranged husband was seen with her a day before she disappeared.

The body was discovered in her house two days later.

Yesterday, the judge ruled that Musila had another case to answer in the murder that the couple had been accused of committing in 2012.

Chelele was listed as the second suspect in the case.

“At the end of the prosecution case, I am now required to consider whether to put the accused on his defence.

Considered evidence

Having considered all the evidence, I have come to the conclusion that the prosecution has made a case against him to warrant him being put on his defence,” said Mr Majanja.

“He (Musila) is hereby informed to remain silent, to address the court through his advocates, to give sworn testimony on his behalf,” added Majanja.

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Sossion daughter celebration: MP reveals child’s enviable journey to top Law Company

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Nominated Member of Parliament Wilson Sossion on Saturday held a thanksgiving ceremony at his Motigo Village home in Bomet County to celebrate his daughter, Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion, for achieving admirable academic feat.

Rosemary holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Nairobi (UoN), and is an Advocate of the High Court after she was admitted to the Bar in February 2020 following her successful completion of her post-graduate education at the Kenya School of Law (KSL).

Speaking at the event, which was attended by among others, ODM leader Raila Odinga, COTU chief Francis Atwoli, KANU Secretary-General Nick Salat, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Sossion said he was proud of his firstborn child, who overcame turbulence of losing a mother, to still post top grades in school.

Sossion’s first wife-cum-Rosemary’s mother, Monica Sossion, died in a road accident in 2010.

“She (Rosemary) has graduated with two degrees: a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from the University of Nairobi. She also successfully completed her post-graduate diploma at the Kenya School of Law, and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the month of February [2020]. She was, thereafter, taken up by one of the most reputable law firms in Kenya, Oraro & Company Advocates. She is now a practising lawyer,” Sossion said while addressing invited guests at the ceremony.

“Mine as a father, is to congratulate and thank her. She is my firstborn [child]. When her mother died, she was in Form Two. She has been a very strong girl in every way. When she graduated with her first degree, Bachelor of Law, I rewarded her with a car. When she graduated with a degree in International Relations, I paid for her trip to the United Kingdom. Today, I am not giving you any gift; I am handing you over to the public so that you can serve the public. Deliver justice to the people that you will represent,” added Sossion.

“This country’s democracy and human rights must be promoted, and it is lawyers who are supposed to do it, and you are one of them. As a father, I can tell you that I have presented a competent lawyer to you. Parents, let us not be shy to celebrate children when they do well.”

About Rosemary Sossion’s employer, Oraro & Company Advocates

Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion is an employee of Oraro & Company Advocates. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Oraro & Company Advocates on its website describes Rosemary Sossion as “an associate in the litigation department, who specialises in dispute resolution, employment law, family law, environmental and land law”.

“She (Rosemary) is part of a team acting for a renown commercial bank (under receivership) in a recovery suit after massive theft and embezzlement of funds worth USD 220 million (Ksh23.8 billion) from individuals and companies,” says Oraro & Company Advocates on its website.

“She is also part of a team representing directors in a Kenyan company concerning the fraudulent and unlawful transfer of the shares which resulted in the unlawful transfer of the company’s property.”

Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm.

The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax.  Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several international leading legal directories.

The firm is also well-recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.

In April this year, Oraro & Company Advocates achieved a top ranking in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA rankings.

The company was ranked a Top Tier Firm in the Dispute Resolution and Employment practice areas. The firm’s banking, finance and capital markets practice area was also highly recommended by the directory.

500 EMEA affirmed the company’s ‘exceptional record in big-ticket disputes’ and noted that it remained a notable name in insolvency and tax disputes.

The firm’s senior partner, George Oraro, and managing partner, Chacha Odera, were ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ in law.

BY K24

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Mututho escapes death by a whisker after being attacked by armed gunmen

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Former Naivasha Member of Parliament John Mututho last night escaped death by a whisker in Nakuru Town West sub-County.

Mututho said he was driving from Bomet when he was accosted by armed men at Jua Lako area on Saturday around 1950hrs.

“I was engaged in a shooting incident with two individuals on a red motorcycle who both wore helmets,” said Mr Mututho.

He explained that the motorcycle pulled alongside the car on the driver’s side and opened fire on him.

Mututho who is a licenced gun holder said the unknown people only managed to shoot once before repulsing them.

“I engaged them successfully before driving Central Police Station Nakuru where I recorded a statement vide OB.67/12/09/20,” he said.

He was alone at the time of the incident, he said in a Facebook post, driving towards Racecourse Estate.

In 2012 in an interview with The Standard, Mr Mututho said he had been shot at twice in a bid to silence him over his stand on the production, sale and consumption of alcohol.

The Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2010 stopped production of illicit liquors and gave drinking window leading to the closure of liquor making enterprises.

“I’m not one who is easily intimidated when fighting for what I believe is right for the country,” said Mututho.

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Facebook set to open second office in Africa

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Facebook on Friday announced its plans to open a new office in Lagos, Nigeria which is expected to become operational in the second half of 2021.

The new Lagos office will be the first office on the continent with a team of engineers and will support the Sub-Saharan region.

This comes five years after Facebook opened its first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa and the 2019 opening of the Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos.

“The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The office in Lagos is part of Facebook’s ongoing investments in Africa and will be home to several teams across its business including Sales, Partnerships, Policy and Communications.

It will also be key in helping to expand the company’s client services across the continent.

Facebook says it has made a number of investments across the continent to support the tech ecosystem, provide reliable connectivity infrastructures and help businesses grow locally, regionally and globally.

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