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DNA nails ‘Jowie’ to Monica murder

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu, the man being treated as key suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani may have been nailed after analysis of DNA samples collected from the slain businesswoman’s body and house indicated conclusively that he was at the scene of the crime.

The results were released as detectives trying to unravel the murder mulled summon- ing two Nairobi politicians they believe were contacted by Irungu soon after the killing.

The suspect is said to have sent a text message to four friends, including the two poli- ticians, seeking advice over “a major thing he had committed that was being investigated by police.”

Detectives want the four to shed more light on the “major thing” that Irungu may have been referring to.

Police sources confirmed t that samples, including bloodstains collected from Monica’s house matched, 99 per cent those collected from Irungu, putting him at the heart of the investigations into the murder.

Monica’s body was found in her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani, dumped in a bathtub with hands tied and her throat slit, hours after she returned from South Sudan.

Reports have also emerged that Kassaine may have been in Juba days before Monica was murdered and police are following the lead besides profiling his businesses as part of the probe.

Apart from bloodstains collected, police also analysed other samples dusted from a cellotape put on Monica’s mouth, a rope that tied her hands and bloodstains on a sofa in the house.

Kassaine, whom the Central Firearms Bureau is trying to establish if he is a licensed gun holder, admitted he gave Irungu the firearm on September 9, saying he used to service it for him from time to time.

Homicide Unit detectives at DCI headquarters have been working with officials from Government Chemists in analysing the samples. However, the knife believed to have been used to slit Monica’s throat is yet to be found.

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Con alert: This man is duping job seekers with Qatar jobs

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Police in Nairobi arrested a man who can been conning people on posting them jobs to Qatar.
Joseph Kipkoech Keino was arrested on Monday afternoon and is set to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.
Police did not disclose how many people conned and how much money he had obtained, only saying he will be charged with obtaining money by false pretense.

Joseph Kipkoech Keino at DCI headquarters. PHOTO | COURTESY

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Your Kenyan passport will be invalid from September 2019

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You will not be able to travel with your passport after October 2019, the Department of Immigration has said.

Dr Dan Opon, the Senior Assistant Director of Immigration said on Monday that the current Kenyan passport will expire on September 1 so Kenyans should acquire e-passports by March next year.

“No country will accept the current passport from September next year,” Dr Opon said when launching a new report on free and safe movement in East Africa.

Dr Opon said the department has started implementing the announcement President Uhuru Kenyatta made last year.

“The government’s efforts to promote regional integration by opening up territorial access to migrants is evidence of our position and commitment. To this end, the Department of Immigration is developing a National Migration Policy framework and has harmonised classification of work permits and encourage free movement of persons within the East African Community,” he said.

The government is also establishing the National Coordination Mechanism on migration. It will serve as a forum for all migration stakeholders, ministries, the academia and the civil society to engage with bilateral and multilateral partners on promoting safe and orderly migration in the region.

The government is also working in partnership with the University of Nairobi to develop a curriculum for a post-graduate diploma that will be launched in November.

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Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda developed a coalition of the willing that allows citizens of the three countries to travel using their national identity cards.

Dr Opon noted, however, that a single visa territory within the East African Community remains elusive because the harmonisation of immigration practices and policies is yet to happen.

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CNN’s Quest ‘more than impressed’ in Nairobi

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Gliding into Nairobi’s airport early on Monday morning, the first thing I noticed was the light. Even over the terminal buildings, it was just gorgeous. I was back in Africa.

Almost immediately, my reasons for coming were further reinforced.

Yes, there were queues at immigration, but no more than one might find during a busy period at JFK or Heathrow.

Perhaps it felt a little chaotic, with some confusion in arrivals about where exactly passengers should go and what was required of them. But overall it worked. The staff was excellent and determined to help.

The building was modern, clean, attractive and made sense. The lines outside for taxis and Ubers were neat and orderly.

Of course, once I began my journey into the city by road, the cliche of traffic-clogged streets revealed itself to be true.

At one point I was able to hop out of the car to stretch and remove my jacket, with no fear whatsoever that my driver would gain more than a few inches of ground on me.

As we reached the city centre, that cliche was overtaken by something else though: a sense that Nairobi’s citizens take pride in their home.

The flowerbeds and neatly trimmed trees, the new roads, the signs, the general respect for other road users. There is something both gentle and genteel about it.

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We spent the afternoon in Karura Forest. If you wanted something to underscore this sense of pride you would be hard pushed to find a more pristine example.

Here is a park that rivals New York’s Central Park, London’s Hyde Park, or Sydney’s botanic gardens.

Of course I discovered Karura’s remarkable history, learned about its sometimes checkered, shady past, the land grabbers, and the ultimately successful campaign to save it for the people. But more than that, I saw a place that Kenyans have taken to their hearts. This is a place that is ring-fenced, literally and figuratively, for ordinary Nairobians to enjoy. We saw couples hand in hand, joggers, women walking alone. We also saw wildlife, different species of monkey, all kinds of birds, all around us. It was safe, spotlessly clean, peaceful and completely beautiful. All this, just minutes away from the city centre.

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting this. Our guide told us that 37,000 people visited Karura last month. I can see why.  I’m more than impressed.

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