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Tragic drowning that killed soldier and two sons



Tuesday was a painful day for 37-year-old Eunice Karambu. It started with an extraction of a tooth at a clinic in Thika Town. And 12 hours later, Karambu nearly committed suicide after she was unable to locate her husband and two other sons.

Authorities at the 12 Engineers Battalion’s Thika Barracks broke the news of the death of her husband, of 12 years, Sergeant James Meme Kobia, 38 and her sons Joseph Kithinji, 11, and Vincent Muchui, seven, confirming her worst fears.

The three drowned in a 30-feet gravel excavation quarry inside the garrison, only 100 metres from their military quarters.

The police said bodies of the three were recovered at 11pm after an eight-hour operation by a Disaster Response Unit from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) headquarters. Blithe response

But the family of Meme, from Mboone village in Keigoi, Igembe South, yesterday said poor response by KDF could have cost another life.The family wondered why Karambu was kept in the dark over the death of her husband and children for such a long time.She only came to learn the truth after the three bodies were retrieved from the quarry.

Alongside sons

Sgt Meme is said to have picked a tyre, he intended to use as a floater, and plunged into the pool only to drown alongside his two sons.The military kept the incident away from the media and denied journalists access to the pool.

The police signal on the incident indicated a report was filed around 7pm at Makongeni Police Station by Corporal Stephen Meleji, of the Military Police, based at the Thika garrison.In Meme’s rural home, a sombre mood engulfed his family and neighbours as they tried to come to terms with the deaths.

Ms Karambu was devastated and could not speak about the tragedy.Family members were closely wathing her, especially after she attempted take the life of her remaining son and commit suicide at their home at Thika barracks.Karambu’s father and her brothers-in-law said they immediately drove to Thika after learning about the incident on social media.Meme’s elder brother Martin Kobia said his remaining son is being taken care of by officers at the barracks.

“Meme’s colleagues informed the family Karambu had attempted to kill her son and herself upon learning about the incident,” said Karambu’s father, Mr Henry Mworia.Kobia described his brother, who joined the KDF as a 17-year-old, as a humble and dedicated soldier who loved his family.

“He could not start something without consulting the family. He loved his family so much, that is why he died trying to save his children,” Kobia said.He said he had spoken with Meme the day he drowned and they were planning a family get together on December 31.

The tragedy is a big blow to the extended family which has been grappling with the sickness of Meme’s mother. She was admitted to the Thika Memorial Hospital awhile back.The burial of the three is set for December 28.


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Genge rapper Mejja finds love again after being dumped by his wife via text



Genge rapper Mejja is in love again after enduring the heartbreak of being ditched by his wife of five years through a text message.

Sometime last year, Mejja, who makes the trio of The Kansoul group, revealed that he battled depression and at one point contemplated taking away his life.

This was after his wife of five years and the mother of his daughter dumped him via text message despite them not having any misunderstanding, according to the artiste.

“We had not disagreed. Actually we were so happy. I was in Thika and I got her message asking me if I had arrived well. I told her yes and the next thing she told me was ‘move on with your life’” Mejja revealed in a past interview.

The artiste said that all his efforts to salvage his marriage never bore fruit as his estranged wife kept ignoring his calls.

The situation drove Mejja into depression and for a whole year he struggled to come to terms with the reality of his collapsing marriage.


However, Mejja now seems to have moved on.

On Sunday, he formally introduced his new girlfriend to his fans via Instagram.

Mejja shared a picture of him and his new bea accompanied with a very telling caption.

“Beauty and The Beast. Nikipeleka msupa Pango kununua digital kwa vaite. ALipenda Mjeshi hivo hivo Ghettoh lifestyle na ma ghettoh queen Watu wa comments najua mtaanza story ya mali ya umma huyu ni private property lol…” Mejja wrote.

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Did Ruto kick out journalists, yet again? – AUDIO



An audio recording of someone who sounds like the Deputy President William Ruto chasing away journalists is making the rounds on social media.

In the audio, the person is heard telling asking the journalists to leave.

“Bado tuko na watu ya magazeti? Watu ya magazeti mnafanya nini hapa? Toeni hii maTV yenu hapa. Mnatufwata mpaka usiku? Tokeni hapa!” the speaker in the audio clip says.

It is not clear when, where nor if the person speaking is indeed the Deputy President.

The audio has emerged just days after the DP was caught on camera shooing off journalists who were covering the Ilchamus traditional wedding ceremony in Baringo County, an event he presided over.

In an incident that happened on August 10, 2019 in Baringo county, the DP interrupted his speech and asked the journalists to move back to give the crowd a clear view of the speakers at the wedding.


Ruto went as far as making it clear to the journalists that he was not there to address them, but rather members of the public gathered at the venue.

“Na nyinyi watu wa nini, mumekuwa wengi hapa ketini chini watu wanataka kuangalia huko nyuma. Nyinyi tokeni hapa. Msonge nyuma. Wakae mbali mbali ndio wananchi waone. Kwani mnafikiri nimekuja kuongea na nyinyi ama nimekuja kuongea na wananchi,” Ruto said while addressing the journalists.

According to journalists who covered the event, the DP’s security personnel pushed and roughed them up leaving only those working with the Deputy President’s Press Service.

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Another foreigner arrested at JKIA with ivory bangle



A Spanish national was on Monday arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with an ivory bangle weighing 0.025g.

Pich-Aguilera Maria, 50, was arrested moments before departure from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Tanzania by Precision Air.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service officials, Maria will be arraigned at the JKIA Law Court at the Cargo Section near KAA head office

Her arrest follows a similar one of a Frenchwoman last week on Wednesday night at JKIA for being in possession of an ivory bangle, weighing 0.85 grams.

The French national, Laazibi Amal, who was transiting through JKIA from France to Dzaoudzi Island, has since been arraigned in court and fined Sh1 million.

Last year, a Chinese national was arrested at JKIA with two elephant ivory bangles weighing 150gm.

The bangles had been concealed inside the suspect’s check-in bag.

Zhang Ninighua, 52, was on transit from Lagos, Nigeria to Guangzhou, China and was smoked out by the Kenya Wildlife Service canine section.

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