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Monica murder: Joseph Irungu’s teachers speak out

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As detectives battle to unravel the mystery behind the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, some of the teachers who interacted with the man suspected of taking her life have opened up.

It is now emerging 28-year-old Joseph Kuria Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, spent only one year at Langalanga Secondary, Nakuru’s leading day school.

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“According to admission book in the school, Mr Irungu joined Form One in 2006 and left in 2007. He did not write his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) at Langalanga,” said a teacher at the school who did not want to go on record as she is not the spokesperson of the school.

She said the Form One admission documents indicate that he was a pupil at Carol Academy situated in Race-track estate where he did his Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE).

A teacher at Carol Academy confirmed that Mr Irungu was indeed their pupil and did his KCPE in 2005.

“He joined Carol Academy at Class Five. Teachers in school were surprised to see his photograph in the newspaper as a murder suspect,” said a teacher at the school.

She said Mr Irungu was good pupil and an entertainer during the school extra curriculum activities.

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“He was one of the school best entertainer. How he changed his character and behaviour is still a mystery to most of the teachers who handled him,” said the teacher.

At Langalanga Secondary School, teachers said they were unable to trace his whereabouts after he left the school in 2007.

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“We were unable to establish whether he continued with his secondary school education or he dropped out after he left Langalanga Secondary School in 2006,” said a teacher at the school.

She said since he only stayed for one year, it was hard to know his character and behaviour.

“Form Ones are cheeky and it takes time to learn their true characters and in his case it was tricky as he left after one year.”

“He was not able to fit in our system as well,” said another teacher without divulging much details.

On Sunday when the Nation visited Mr Irungu’s home in Lanet on the outskirts of Nakuru town at 4pm, the gate to the palatial house tucked between Kiratina estate and Lanet Baracks was closed.

Efforts to access the compound were futile, despite knocking at the gate and ringing the bell.

A neighbour we met at the entrance revealed that a few weeks back, Mr Irungu’s parents disclosed that he was outside the country “but did not state what he was doing abroad”.

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Mr Irungu is the second-born in a family of two boys and two girls.

He was a founder member of church choir Agape Stormers, a band that entertained revellers in Naivasha and Nakuru towns, where he was born and brought up.

His behaviour change has shocked those who knew him as a religious man and now some of his teachers have turned the murder case facing him into a lesson.

The teachers are now constantly reminding the learners, particularly girls, to be wary of sponsors.

“I am telling the girls to be contented with what they have. I am reminding them that when they lose wealth they lose nothing but when they lose health and character they lose everything,” said the teacher.

Mr Irungu and his fiancée, journalist Jacque Maribe, and their mutual friend Brian Kassaine are hehind bars over the murder of Ms Kimani in Kilimani, Nairobi.

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State House dismisses claims of rift between Uhuru, Ruto

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State House has denied claims that there was a growing rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, a day after the Head of State lashed out at his critics.

State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said a series of misleading narratives have been propagated through the mainstream and social media to create an impression that the duo was no longer seeing eye to eye.

On Wednesday, Uhuru seemed to lose his cool when he dismissed critics of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force report, saying they were directionless individuals who criticised the document even before it was released.

Dr Ruto and his allies had been leading attacks against the BBI report long before the document was launched only to make a U-turn after its launch.

“Even before we released the report, they were all over telling us about its contents. Now it has been released and they have taken us along a new direction,” the president was quoted saying in Gatundu North Sub-county on Thursday

.But yesterday, Ms Dena was quick to dismiss claims of a simmering rift between the two.She cited a recent photo where Ruto was seen standing outside the holding room during the BBI report launch, which created a sensation online that the DP had been locked out of Uhuru’s meeting

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Real Househelps of Kawangware star ‘Njambi’ welcomes baby boy

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The Real Househelps of Kawangware (THRK) actress Njeri Gachomba, popularly known as Njambi, has delivered her second child.

12 hours of labour but it was worth it. He’s finally here. We thank God. Julie Njoki and my sis in law Cynthia thank you for being there hiyo journey yote.Drama yote mmeona poleni,” stated an elated Njambi on her Instagram page.

Announcing her pregnancy two weeks ago while already at full term, the celebrated actress revealed that she wanted to be sure of her baby’s wellbeing before making the news public.

“I was not hiding the fact that I had a baby on the way, I wanted to confirm the well-being of the baby before I announced it on social media,” said Njambi.

A decision, informed, perhaps, by a low moment in 2018 when she suffered a miscarriage.

According to the actress who plays a sassy, comical character in the THRK show, the experience left her severely depressed and heartbroken.

“When we got pregnant in November 2017, we were not ready. I remember after the miscarriage on April 2018 everyone told us that everything happened for a reason,” she narrated.

She added that the loss was compounded by other struggles at the time including a broken relationship.

“Lord knows how hard losing that baby was, we were not only heartbroken but our relationship got broken too,” said the thespian.

“This is our miracle, it came at the right time with its blessings,” she said during her pregnancy announcement.

News that she had delivered has excited her fans base with many flooding her pages with congratulatory messages.

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LIVE UPDATES: Sonko to appear in court following dramatic arrest in Voi

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko  and others are expected to be arraigned before the anti-corruption court Friday to face charges over the loss of Sh357 million.

The City County boss was on Friday morning arrested in Voi.

This followed orders by  Kenya’s public prosecutor  DPP Noordin Haji who called for his immediate arrest and arraignment.

Other City Hall officials expected in court are county secretary Peter Mbugua, members of the tender committee Patrick Mwangangi, Samuel Ndung’u, Edwin Kariuki, Lawrence Mwangi, and Preston Miriti, among others.

The governor and the officials will face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, willful failure to comply with the law and conflict of interest.

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Haji said investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had  sufficient evidence to sustain the charges.

“Following a comprehensive investigation by EACC and independently reviewing the investigation files, I have found sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution and I have therefore ordered immediate arrest and arraignment in court of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko,” the DPP stated.

“Investigations into these crimes have been challenging because of the repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct the course of the investigation by deploying intimidation tactics in addition to using goons to threaten law enforcement officials carrying out their constitutional mandates,” the DPP added.

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