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Uhuru’s cousin claims Sh1bn land being sold by Banda Homes

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A member of the Kenyatta family has kicked off a storm over ownership of prime land on which a developer is putting up a Sh1 billion estate for sale.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin, Kathleen Kihanya, is claiming Banda Homes had misled potential buyers on the land, an assertion the investors strongly disputed.

Banda Homes is developing 120 units of three-bedroomed bungalows on a 20-acre piece of land about three kilometers from the Thika Superhighway, which it has been advertising.

“This land belongs to my family and we are now in the process of subdivision and issuance of separate titles,” Ms Kihanya said in a statement.

“Banda purports to have an agreement to buy part of this land, which is not possible because there is no title. They have erected a sale sign on the land and they are collecting deposits from people. My family had no idea,” she said.

Ms Kihanya warned buyers to conduct due diligence before purchasing the property.

“They are selling land that they don’t have yet. Are they disclosing to the public the true facts? How can they honestly sell something they don’t have?” she posed.

Banda Homes director Paul Nderitu, however, dismissed Ms Kihanya’s claims as “malicious” maintaining that the developer had purchased the land from another Kenyatta kin, Kamau Ngengi.

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“We have indeed purchased land about 20 acres hived off from a larger portion that neighbours the Kihanya family land,” said Mr Ndiritu in an interview.

“Ms Kihanya’s claims are just malicious,” he added.

 

 

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How billions broke Senator Linturi’s love

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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who is embroiled in a bitter battle with his estranged wife Maryanne Kitany, now claims she is after some of his assets, conservatively valued at Sh762 million.

Responding to the divorce and matrimonial property dispute filed by Kitany, Linturi, in an affidavit filed at Milimani Commercial Court in civil suit number 78 of 2018, stated that he was never married Kitany since he has been in a monogamous marriage with Mercy Kaimenyi Mithika since April 8, 2000.

“The application and supporting affidavit are a cloak for Kitany’s vicious and fraudulent scheme to deprive me of my rights, interests, and ownership of the company Atticon Limited and other properties. I have never celebrated a customary marriage or any other form of marriage with her,” he states.

He adds that Kitany was in a monogamous marriage with her ex-husband up to and including January 3, 2016 and hence, legally incapable of entering into marriage with him in 2015 as alleged in her affidavit.

Part of Linturi’s presentation to court is an affidavit by his daughter who claims her father introduced Kitany to her and her siblings around December 2017.“My father informed us that Kitany was a friend in distress.

My father also informed us that he had previously allowed her temporary stay at our Runda home,” her affidavit states.

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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s Runda home. [File, Standard]

She says Kitany put on the façade of a nice, friendly and supportive guest and would in the initial days take them out for dinners and shopping.

According to her, things spiraled out of control in January this year, when Kitany found out that her daughter got a navel piercing with her help.

“She even accused me of being in possession of marijuana and orchestrated my detention at a rehabilitation centre on the pretext that I was addicted to marijuana, while her real motive was to create a wedge between my father and I,” read part of Linturi’s daughter’s affidavit.

She states that when she was released from the rehabilitation centre, Kitany warned her that she needed to ‘behave’ and refrain from sabotaging her (Kitany’s) relationship with her father.“Ever since that warning, our relationship has been incompatible, like water and oil,” she adds.

On October, 25 last year, Kitany, a former chief of staff in Deputy President William Ruto’s office, obtained orders barring Linturi from entering their Runda home where they lived together.

Source: Nairobian

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Mother gets eight years for planning to kill son, self

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A 26-year-old woman has been slapped with an eight-year jail term after she pleaded guilty to attempted murder and attempted suicide.

Kakamega Chief Magistrate Bildad Ochieng’ overlooked a probation report recommending that she be put on a non-custodial sentence to enable her undergo psychological counselling.

Halima Sheillah Bwakali pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted murder against her four-year-old son who escaped death by whisker after his mother forced her to ingest diaxonal poison.

She is said to have committed the felonies on December 23, 2018 at their Kisa North home, Khwisero sub-county.

In his judgment yesterday, Magistrate Ochieng’ noted that life is paramount and it is the duty of the court to protect the lives of citizens.

“Her attempt to kill the defenseless child as well as trying to commit suicide to escape the punishment should not be taken lightly. She was expected to show care for her child, but she turned out to be his tormentor. It is only by God’s grace that the child survived the poison,” said the magistrate.

Halima also admitted committing a charge of attempted suicide after a confrontation with her mother over her (Halima’s) drinking habit.

She had on the fateful morning been involved in a quarrel with her mother, Ruth Auma, who had ordered her to vacate her house over her alcoholic behaviour

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Kenyans shocked as Chief Justice is seen at a rally attended by President & his deputy

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Kenyans have hit out at Chief Justice David Maraga, accusing him of embarrassing and dishonouring the legal profession after he attended a public rally addressed by President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in Kisii.

President Kenyatta, Dr Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday toured Kisii County, where they launched new facilities at the referral hospital, and Mr Maraga attended the event.

Critics, including senators, have raised questions why the CJ attended the meeting which they termed a ‘political function’.

“There is no day in the history of this country that a CJ attended a political event. In terms of decorum, it is a very bad manners,” Senate Minority Leader James Orengo said.

Mr Orengo said the CJ had brought dishonour to the courts.

“When you have a situation where the Chief Justice is turning in line in a crowd and waiting to be recognised, in terms of judicial decorum, it is very bad manners,” Mr Orengo said.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula expressed disappointment at the CJ for thanking the Executive “for bringing development to his area”.

“He is not the Chief Justice of Kisii. He is the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya,” Mr Wetang’ula said.

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Other Kenyans took to social media to express their anger. Nairobi Lawyer Nelson Havi posted on Twitter: “It is going to be difficult for CJ David Maraga to extricate himself from the public perception that he has been taken hostage by the Executive or has willingly joined it. A CJ cannot be doing this. Not under The Constitution of Kenya, 2010.”

Abuga Makori tweeted, “I am a disturbed man simply because of our judiciary. CJ Maraga travelled from Nairobi to Kisii on Wednesday to attend to a roadside rally. I expected him to tour only Kisii Teaching and Referral Hosptial but saw him with politicians in town.”

Another Twitter user said, “Maraga’s high office demands all impartiality in all arenas. He stooped so so low by presenting himself as one of the mtu wa mkono in Kisii.’

Source: Daily Nation

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