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UNMASKED: The secret life of murder suspect Joseph Irungu (Jowi)

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Joseph Irungu (Jowi), the man being held by the police over the murder of Monica Nyawira Kimani has very strong connections in the corridors of power, The Standard Newspaper is reporting.

Irungu is well known within Jubilee political circles and provided security services for some politicians during campaigns
So well-known is Joseph Kuria Irungu within high Jubilee political circles that detectives investigating Nyawira’s murder are struggling to make a breakthrough in the case despite having presented the suspect in court. Among the stumbling blocks in solving Nyawira’s murder is a visit by State officials to the police station where Irungu was first held demanding his release.

Compounding the equation further is reports of arrival in the country of Irungu’s accomplices to manage the situation. Having trained as a mercenary in Afghanistan, the key suspect in Nyawira’s murder was in the process of firming up his own security company which he claimed specialised in close protection, VIP protection, executive protection and “special projects.”

In an Instagram post, Irungu claimed his company had offices in the UK and the United Arab Emirates. Simply grinned Stay informed while on the go by subscribing to the Standard Group SMS service. Text the word ‘NEWS’ to 22840. “Our highly qualified and exceptionally trained personnel meet our individual client needs. We also recognise that each client and their requirements are different,” Irungu posted.

During last year’s elections, former Taita Taveta Women Representative Joyce Lay procured the services of Irungu as a bodyguard when she combed the expansive county gunning for Senator position. The politician, who lost her quest to be Taita Taveta Senator, declined to comment when contacted for this story.

However, among the commenters on Irungu’s Instagram page — which is now locked — are individuals closely linked to the Jubilee Party and sections of a prominent family. A caption to one photo in which Irungu was clad in military gear, armed to the teeth, read: “I regret nothing.” A follower took him up on it: “Not even the countless people you have murdered?”

In a veiled threat, Irungu’s friend who shares a prominent Kenyan family name replied: “My guy, your name is Hermes and you can talk, read your history.” Irungu simply posted a grinning emoji at this threat and exclaimed in Swahili: “Watapona”. But it is Irungu’s coziness with Nairobi’s celebrities that sold him out. The man was a household name in at least two of Nairobi’s uptown drinking joints frequented by Kenya’s A-listers.

He is dreaded in Buru Buru where he allegedly ran a safe house and where we were told, he presented himself as top security man. The suspect is said to have been moving around with a cache of arms in the cars he has been seen driving.

So feared is Irungu that sources including a Buru Buru resident who agreed to show us his house got cold feet at the last minute. Mechanics who have been repairing his cars also went under even though we had been informed that they know where he lives. It is suspected that the house may have some of the equipment and materials related to Irungu’s line of work. “I moved away from that house so I cannot remember Irungu’s exact house.

Actually, no one here wants to talk about him. It’s too dangerous,” the neighbour said. In an interesting incident that took place at the garages in Buru Buru Phase 5 last year, Irungu was so enraged by a boda boda rider who had hit a black Toyota Prado he was driving in that he handcuffed the rider and took him to a police station.

He impounded the motorcycle and had it locked up at a primary school for almost 10 months. Such is the power the man wielded that it wasn’t surprising when it was reported that he had told the police that investigations on Monica’s death will hit a dead end.

TV Journalist Jackie Maribe went back to Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Kiambu Road yesterday for further interrogation after she presented herself to the police in the company of her parents, on Thursday. Ms Maribe had told the police that she knew Irungu in January this year, but the Saturday Standard understands that the two may have known each other sometimes last year in the heat of the elections.

“We all knew he was part of the Special Forces because he was ever present at campaign events,” a journalist who extensively covered Jubilee during the election confided to us. Escaping from something “On the two occasions he was not present in campaign events, he told us that he had gone for a special assignment but he was always around,” said the journalist. The grey Toyota Allion car belonging to Maribe, which has been impounded by the police has also been sighted in Buru Buru several times since last year.

The revelation came as equations began to take shape in Nyawira’s murder mystery in which Irungu is the star. What was Nyawira going to do in Dubai? Was she running away from something or was she going to meet her fiancé as claimed? What was the relationship between Nyawira and Irungu, and what was the nature of Irungu’s connections with Jubilee big shots?

It is not in doubt that Nyawira’s brutal murder was carried out by a professional. Claims that the slitting of the throat of the 28-year-old may have been filmed could not be ascertained with police sources by the time of going to press.

On the other hand, Monica’s family has been flop-flopping on the information they have been giving to the media since last week on Thursday, raising questions on how much they know on why their daughter was murdered. The Saturday Standard has been unable to find any records showing Monica was a student at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) as claimed.

We established that Irungu enrolled for a certificate in Food and Beverages but dropped out in 2012 due to lack of school fees. Yassir Mohamed, a Sudanese national and the man Monica’s family last week said was her fiancé whom she was supposed to meet in Dubai was also not present at her requiem mass or funeral yesterday. Monica’s father, Bishop Paul Ngarama had told this paper that Yassir had flown to Nairobi on learning of her murder. Irungu has spent a considerable amount of time in UAE under resident number 784-1990-0858139-1.

“He is even willing to talk to the press. Monica’s brother will connect you to him,” he promised us about Yassir last Saturday when we first broke the story. It emerged yesterday that Irungu was well known to Monica’s family and they had dated at some point (read separate story). Also, the deceased was a high-flyer having acquired wealth within a very short time but this too has not been questioned.

By her family’s admission, she had just bought her mother a Subaru Impreza, assisted her brother construct his house and purchase a car and she was supposed to buy her father a Toyota Land cruiser V8 next week. A two bedroomed house at Lamuria Apartments would go for nothing less than Sh150,000.

“Come back in January then we can talk because the houses are currently full,” an agent acting on behalf of the owner told us when we visited posing as house hunters. “You refused cheap things and cheap life, and even education,” said Monica’s father while eulogising her on Thursday.

-standardmedia.co.ke

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JKIA ranked second fastest growing in air cargo globally

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been ranked as the second fastest growing airport in the latest world cargo ranking for airports that handled more than 250,000 metric tonnes of air cargo.

This was revealed in the Airports Council International (ACI) latest World Airport Traffic Report, which highlights top airports for passengers, cargo and aircraft movements and showcases the world’s fastest growing airports for 2018

JKIA was only beaten by Rockford, an expansive air cargo hub in the United States, which was the fastest-growing airport in 2018 as the e-commerce freight hub for online retail giant Amazon.

According to the report, JKIA was ranked second in the ‘Fastest Growing Airports category, after it handled more than 342,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2018, marking a 25% growth from 2017.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has credited the notable growth at JKIA to substantial increase in air cargo traffic to and from Europe, Asia, America as well as recent additions China and Australia.

KAA also said the country’s biggest airport has recently transformed its air cargo management and also embraced participation of public and private sectors hence its improvement in global standing.

The authority said the construction of several modern transit sheds at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has seen the airport’s overall cargo grow to 1.2million tons annually.

“This is an exciting time for Kenya, the face of cargo is changing, and we are positioning JKIA as the premier cargo distribution center for online commerce companies in the region,” said KAA CEO Jonny Anderson.

Hong Kong International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport lead in total cargo volumes respectively.

The report further found that, in total, the world’s airports accommodated 8.8 billion passengers, 122.7 million metric tonnes of cargo, and 99.9 million aircraft movements.

JKIA currently handles an estimated 6.5 million passengers annually.

BY Nairobi News

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Cohen’s widow and sister agree on slain tycoon’s private burial date

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Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen will be buried on Monday in accordance with Jewish religious rites, the family has said.

Lawyers Cliff Ombeta, for Cohen’s sister, Gabrielle Van Straten, and Philip Murgor for Cohen’s widow, Sarah Wairimu, on Thursday agreed to proceed with burial plans subject to obtaining a court order.

The lawyers also listed three conditions which will have to be adhered to.

These conditions are, the burial ceremony will be private and for family members only, Sarah and Gabrielle will participate as widow and sister respectively and the burial rites will be in accordance with Jewish rites by the concerned community leaders at the Jewish Cemetery along Wangari Mathai Road on Monday at 2pm.

“The DPP, DCI, and Prison Authorities are requested by both Sarah and Gabriel to facilitate this compromise arrangement, so that the late Tob Cohen can be accorded a dignified send as proposed,” part of the statement read.

Cohen’s widow, Wairimu, who is a suspect in the murder case, was on Wednesday allowed to be present during the autopsy conducted at the Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi.

This after Wairimu wrote a letter to Chiromo Mortuary disputing the handover of Cohen’s remains to his sister Gabrielle for burial.

In the letter seen by Nairobi News, lawyer Murgor said that his client demands that after the postmortem exercise, the body of the late Cohen should not be released to anyone else.

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According to Wairimu, her sister-in-law did not have the authority to bury her husband.

She had earlier presented a marriage certificate in court and claimed the legal custody of her husband.

But that stalemate was broken late on Wednesday evening after the postmortem, when Gabrielle and Wairimu reached an agreement on the slain tycoon’s burial.

While addressing journalists at Chiromo Mortuary on Wednesday evening, lawyers Murgor and Ombeta, stated that the family was keen on having Cohen’s body laid to rest within the shortest time possible.

“We all agree that the late Tob Cohen needs to be laid to rest as quickly as possible in a dignified manner those are the wishes of Sarah and her sister,” Murgor said.

Wairimu is currently on remand at Langata Women’s Prison and is expected to take a plea on September 26.

The body of the Dutch tycoon was found in a septic tank at his home on September 13 almost two months after he was reported missing.

BY Nairobi News

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VIDEO: Chairlady of Kenya North America Diaspora Sacco K-NADS visits Mahiga Homes Projects

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Mahiga Homes Company continues to attract the attention of Kenyans living in the US and other countries in around the world following the successful completion of various projects in record time and handing over the keys to the owners.

Recently, the Chairlady of  Kenya North America Diaspora Sacco (K-NADS) Dr. Lucy Ndegwa Mackenzie, paid a courtesy visit to the company’s projects in Ruiru and Kenyatta road  and she expressed her satisfaction with the work they have undertaken so far.

“It is a great project especially because the roads really good,” said Dr Mackenzie.

Rock Gardens Ruiru‘s construction progress is on course. Some units are at foundation while most of them are at walling level and others at roofing level. The estate comprises of 75 luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows.

“As you will see in the video below, she was very impressed by the good work the trusted developer is doing, Said Peter Nyaga,” the Company’s CEO.

The projects currently on sale are:

Rockvilla III Estate in Joska. Deposit Ksh 1.6M

Osoit II Gardens in Kitengela: Deposit Ksh 1.7M.

The Riverfront in Ruiru: Deposit Ksh 2M.

 

K-NADS  currently has of over 1000 members women living in or has returned to Kenya from North America.

For more info Call/WhatsApp +254720460413

or visit www.mahigahomes.co.ke

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