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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?”

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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.

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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.

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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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PHOTOS: Two Kenyan men, Kamau and Mwaura, tie the knot in US

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Two Kenyan men have said “I do” in the United States.

Benson Kamau and James Mwaura tied the knot at a gay wedding ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, this past weekend.

According to Mwakilishi.com, as US based news website, Kamau and Mwaura are both natives of Kenya.

Sam-sex marriage has been legal in Illinois since June 1, 2014 after Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing such marriages on November 20, 2013.

This is not the first time that a Kenyan man has entered into matrimonial union with another man in the US, In 2016, Mr Ben Gitau, 33, and Mr Steve Damelin got married at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a related development in February, 2018, a self proclaimed Kenyan Lesbian married an American woman in a low key ceremony held in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Manuella Mumbi tied the knot with her American lover,  Lisa Webb Clay.

Mumbi, one of the few Kenyan women who have boldly come out to declare that they are lesbians, was born and raised in Kahawa, Kiambu County and recently relocated to the US to live with her better half before their wedding.

Webb Clay is an American model who hails from Texas. She reportedly invited Mumbi to the US to formalize their engagement.

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RELATED: Kenyan woman marries her lesbian lover in US

Last week, the Court of Appeal in Kenya granted gays and lesbians the freedom to register their own umbrella lobby.

In a judgment delivered on Friday, a majority decision of the Court of Appeal held that human beings should not be denied their fundamental rights because of how they choose to live their lives.

This position was taken by judges Philip Waki, Asike Makhandia and Martha Koome while affirming the decision of the High Court.

Here are some photos from last weekend’s ceremony:

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Why are there so few women chefs?

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It is believed that the kitchen is a woman’s place and as girls grow up cooking with their grandmothers and mothers, they carve their culinary career path from an early age.
But being amazing home cooks rarely elevates them to professional chefs.

At most high-end restaurants in Nairobi and Mombasa, there are no female executive chefs.

The InterContinental Hotel, for instance, has a male executive chef and one woman sous chef. Out of the 50 chefs at the hotel, just 18 are women. The Nairobi Serena and Tamarind Tree hotels which both have male executive chefs also have female sous chefs, who are a step below the executive chefs.

At Utalii Hotel, which has a college that trains hospitality workers, the ratio of women chefs to men is one to three, says Catherine Sidi of the food production department at the college.

This is the reality in the rest of the top hotels. Even globally, the number of male chefs awarded Michelin stars, the ultimate accolade of fine dining, outnumbers those given to women.

An executive chef leads the kitchen teams and also participates in cooking, planning menus and creating new dishes. Whereas a sous chef plans and directs food preparation in a kitchen.

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So why don’t women rise to executive chef posts?

The pressure on women to juggle work and home life is nothing new but executive chef John Getanda of the Nairobi Serena says that a top chef’s job mostly involves running through 12 to 14 hour shifts and this could be the reason why more men take up the jobs as opposed to women.

“It is not easy and most women have given up along the way despite being capable chefs. Some want to start families and do something else after a short stint in the career,” he says.

Long hours

Sous Chef Corretta Akinyi of the Hotel InterContinental says that the hours are really what makes the job tough.

“For a woman to rise, she has to work long hours and be willing to stay even after work to perfect and learn new culinary skills that is just not easy for everyone,” she says.

Chef Corretta says while there are almost as many women as men when starting out in hotels, but most female chefs either divert to other ventures or stagnant on junior levels.

“Some prefer to be pastry chefs which is a flexible job in the sense that you can prepare the pastries a day before as opposed to working in the ‘hot kitchen’ where everything is done on the same day and with so much pressure,” she says.

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When I ask Chef Getanda whether the restaurant kitchen is like what we see in famed TV series Hell’s Kitchen and if that could be the reason why the job could is tough for women, he laughed.

“No, that is not how kitchens are, and if they were, it would be a bad environment for anyone to work in, not just the women,” he says.

He adds that the industry needs to work on its representation, conditions and image to achieve a truly diverse workforce.

source:businessdaily

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US firm reveals plan to grow marijuana in Kenya

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A New York-based company is claiming to have obtained a licence to cultivate marijuana on 500 acres of land in Kenya, bringing closer home the current global debate about regulation and control of the narcotic.

In a notice, GoIP Global Inc, which is listed on the OTC Markets of New York, told its shareholders that it has secured a permit to grow the stimulant on a 500-acre plot in Kenya.

“After visiting Kenya and meeting with officials in the country, I am very excited about the prospects this agreement (licence) brings to our company. This is the first of several critical transactions that will transform GoIP into a relevant member of the burgeoning cannabis industry,” said company chairman Ike Sutton in the statement dated March 7.

“The lease term will be for 25 years and Kenya being on the Equator provides the best conditions for all-year round production,” the statement adds.

However, the Kenyan government denied issuing such a licence, warning that marijuana remains a prohibited plant in the country’s statutes. GoIP did not respond to our multiple requests for comment.

Agricultural Research Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said he is not aware of any permit issued to GoIP Global Inc for the growing of cannabis.

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“I am not aware of the licensing of the said firm to grow marijuana. As you are aware, cannabis is not in the list of crops that we currently regulate,” said Prof Boga.

source:businessdaily.co.ke

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