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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.

DROPPED OUT

“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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Marriage ends after man chooses mother over wife who wanted mother-in-law kicked out of their matrimonial home in Lang’ata

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A man has opted to lose his wife for his mother. In a divorce where a woman gave her husband an option of kicking out her mother-in-law from their matrimonial home in Lang’ata, Nairobi or lose her, he chose to have his mother stay and the wife out.

The divorce case between Hussein and wife Dayman did not have the grave issues that others normally cite such as infidelity, cruelty or desertion.

Instead, it was small squabbles, including one that Hussein’s mother should leave their matrimonial house. Another was that his wife was not breastfeeding their baby well.

The issues could have been easily solved out of court according to the principal Kadhi, who dissolved their union.When the woman filed for divorce in January, the court decided that the two approach an elder and iron out their differences.

This, however, did not work, as both parties returned to court seeking to part ways.

Hussein and Dayman married in Lang’ata on November 29, 2015. They have two children, one aged two and a younger one.

The woman’s only complaint was that her mother-in-law took over control of their house and had reduced her to a mere house help.

She accused her husband of being weak for avoiding to reconcile her with his mother in a bid to quell frequent disagreements over control of the matrimonial house.The man was also accused of failing to guarantee his wife’s privacy, as their home was full of his relatives.Another thing that hurt Dayman, the court heard, was Hussein’s search of her bag “like a thief” whenever she wanted to go run errands.

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Hussein told the court it was his estranged wife who fled sometime in October 2017 after they took their now two-year-old child to the hospital over malnutrition.

He said that on the day she left home, he had instructed her to prepare porridge for the child.  “Dayman was irresponsible and caused child malnutrition,” he testified.

According to the man, it cost him Sh82,000 in hospital bills to treat malnutrition.Court records show that even when both parties appeared for the hearing, they objected to any reconciliation.

“Parties herein agitated for dissolution of their marriage based on normal matrimonial issues that could have been solved out of court,” Principal Kadhi Sebastian Ratori said.“Hussein was put in a dilemma to choose between living with his mother or wife and preferred the mother, thus the separation. May be the separation of the mother and wife could have saved their relationship.”

According to Kadhi, the man had an option of separating his mother and her daughter-in-law or even partitioning their house in a bid to have the two live independently, but he did not.The issue of Hussein’s failure to pay dowry also emerged.

Dayman told the court her husband, an oil supplier, promised to pay Sh200,000 and one set of jewellery as dowry, but did not.

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Hussein could not also trust his wife with the children. He had urged the court to give him custody so that his mother would raise them.

But the Kadhi dismissed his prayer as the two are young.In reply, he told the court he would pay his dowry debt in 180 days.He was ordered to be paying Sh26,000 before the 5th of each month.

He is also to provide for school and medical fees for the two children.The woman is to provide basics for the children besides effectively breastfeeding the seven-months-old baby until the age of two.

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BREAKING: Binyavanga Wainaina dies aged 48

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Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina

Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, a renowned Kenyan author, gay rights activist, blogger and 2002 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, has passed on aged 48.

Wainaina, an acclaimed African literary giant and founder of the Nairobi-based journal Kwani, died after suffering a stroke, according to his family and sources at his Kwani Trust.

Kwani Trust Chairman Tom Maliti on Wednesday told the Nation that the writer died a few minutes past 10pm at a Nairobi hospital.

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He is one of the most high-profile individuals to announce their gay sexuality in Africa having made the bold move in 2014 after publishing an article titled I Am a Homosexual, Mum that got Kenya, Africa and the world talking.

An excerpt from the piece relieved him his closely guarded secret as he let the world know through a re-imagination of his mother’s last days as she lay on her deathbed.

“Never, mum. I did not trust you, mum. And. I. Pulled air hard and balled it down into my navel, and let it out slow and firm, clean and without bumps out of my mouth, loud and clear over a shoulder, into her ear. “I am a homosexual, mum.”

He later tweeted that “I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, a homosexual. Gay, and quite happy,” putting to rest the debate the article stirred.

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That same year, Time Magazine named him as one of the “Most Influential People in the World” in its annual TIME 100.

The celebrated author first had his eyes set on a lucrative accounting career before settling on literature.

He moved to South Africa after transferring his credits from the University of Nairobi, where he was studying for a Bachelor’s of Education degree, to the University of Transkei to study commerce.

TIMID, SHY

However, he never completed the degree. Struggling to make ends meet as a young man in a foreign country, he began to run a restaurant business.

Later, he started writing food and travel articles for the Weekend Argus.

“I was fortunate to reside in a country that is very annoying to live in,” Binyavanga says of South Africa.

Born in Nakuru’s Milimani, Binyavanga says he was a timid and shy child.

“But I feel like now my season is beginning, in this continent called mine, and I am an African; I want no space to not welcome me,” he said while speaking at TED Talks in 2015.

His confession of being homosexual caught many by surprise.

“I am not afraid to talk. In fact, I am doing a documentary on it because this thing must be discussed.

“Kenyans should discuss it in all platforms but not before they hear the full story.

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“I know you called me over this matter of coming out. I will talk but I don’t want the media to manage my story,” he said during an interview.

He added that he knew he was gay from age five.

“I was five when I closed myself into a vague happiness that asks for nothing much from anybody. Absent-minded. Sweet. I am grateful for all love. I give it more than I receive it, often,” he wrote on africasacountry.com blog.

“I can be selfish. I masturbate a lot, and I never allow myself to crack and grow my heart. I touch no men. I read books.

“I love my dad so much, my heart is learning to stretch. I am a homosexual.”

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“Look out for an essay I’m writing in January.”

In 2016, he dropped another bombshell: that he was HIV positive!

The prolific author, who was in Germany, used the occasion of the World Aids Day to reveal his status, adding that he was happy.

In November 2015, he appealed for help after suffering a stroke.

He was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Karen Hospital and got discharged three weeks later.

And in June 2016, he claimed to have been viciously assaulted by a taxi driver in Berlin, Germany, as a crowd watched while a Daad Fellowship.

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His short story Discovering Home scooped the 2002 Caine Prize for African writing and in 2003 he was given an award by the Kenya Publisher’s Association in recognition of his services to Kenyan literature.

source:nation.co.ke

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Has Saumu Sonko broken up with rich boyfriend?

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s daughter Saumu seems to have broken up with her latest catch.

This comes just months after the couple launched a nightclub, Wakanda Club, in Westlands.

Saumu, who had taken a social media hiatus, on Tuesday hinted at a breakup after unfollowing her bae and his club.

She also posted a suggestive write up stating; “I make mistakes, I get myself in stupid situations that I would have avoided from the start, I get hurt, I get used, I fail but one thing is for sure is that I never give up..I pick myself up, knowing so many people find inspiration in my doing and I’ve got to do what I have to do….one thing I would love to see in anyone looking upto me is never give up and perfection is overrated .your mistakes are what make you who you are …dont let anyone undervalue you!!PERIOD!!!”

Saumu has since deleted previous posts of the launch of the Wakanda Club.

The nightclub is reported to have been a joint venture between the two.

The couple went public about their relationship in early 2018, just months after Saumu’s bitter break up with baby daddy Ben Gatu.

Saumu at some point gave the man an ultimatum that the relationship was either leading to a wedding or a funeral.

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Saumu also braved online spats with her followers who accused her of snatching another woman’s husband.

source:nairobinews

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