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A man, his dead wife, and a daring mistress

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At around 10am on Saturday morning, two lovers set off to find each other in a bid to resolve a conflict that had distressed them.

But, as dark fate would have it, Joseph Kori Karuwe, 41, and Judy Wangui Mungai, 36, cruised past each other, heading in opposite directions along the five-kilometre stretch between Garden Estate in Nairobi where Kori lived with his family and Wangui’s house at Fourways Junction on Kiambu Road.

And so started a series of events that, by the end of the day, would leave Kori’s wife, Mary Wambui Kimangara, 39, dead and her white Mercedes Benz saloon car missing.

Who killed her, and why?

Yesterday, Kori and Wangui were arraigned in a Kiambu court but did not take plea. Police were allowed to hold them for 14 days for investigations.

The murder raises concern about the increasing cases of family killings, especially where multiple partners are involved. It is also a commentary on the rising culture of “sponsors”, where young women are accorded expensive lifestyles by married men.

According to different people who spoke to the Nation, the shocking story starts a few minutes past 10am on Saturday, when a taxi hired by Wangui reached Kori’s home. She rang the bell, the gate was opened, and Kori’s six-year-old son stepped out.

Wangui offered to buy the boy pizza at the nearby Thika Road Mall, ostensibly in a bid to establish the whereabouts of his father. The boy agreed to accompany her, but returned to the house to seek permission from his mother, telling her it was “Auntie wa Dad”.

Wambui stepped out to see who this “Auntie” was, only to come face to face with her former employee Wangui, who had worked at her hardware shop in Kahawa West, a bustling settlement off the road to Kamiti in Nairobi.

She had for a while suspected that Wangui was having an affair with her husband, but she did not show it when she met her. Instead, the two women greeted each other warmly, and even agreed to go out on a lunch date together.

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At the heart of the police investigations is the mystery of how the two women rivalling for Kori’s heart joyfully spent an afternoon together before Wambui was murdered inside the mistress’ apartment and her body dumped in a dam off Toll Station on Thika Road, next to Courtesy Beach Hotel.

“Wambui invited Wangui into the house as she dressed up for the lunch date, but she declined the invitation, opting instead to wait outside the gate to the homestead,” Wambui’s sister Esther Kamangara told the Nation yesterday. “They then drove out together inside Wambui’s car as Wangui’s taxi had stalled.”

Mr Joseph Kori and his girlfriend Judy Wambui at the Kiambu Law Court on January 29, 2019 where police were allowed to detain them in connection with the murder of his wife Mary Kamangara. ERIC WAINAINA|NATION

Police corroborated Esther’s version of events, saying the two women left Garden Estate in the Wambui’s car, a white Mercedes Benz, had a brief stopover at Thika Road Mall, where Wambui had scheduled to pick up a parcel, and headed to Homeland Inn, still on Thika Road just after the Garden City Mall turn-off, for lunch.

Those who saw them at Homeland Inn said Wambui, known to her friends as Mama Derrick, ordered some githeri, which she shared with Wangui in her car before the two women joined two gentlemen for roast beef inside the restaurant.

“The men had arrived separately and also left separately after having some nyama choma and wine with the two women,” a source at the restaurant said. “Both women appeared to be on good terms. They even took selfies sharing a piece of meat. Nothing seemed unusual. And they left the restaurant together.”

Wambui’s sister added that, while at the restaurant, Wambui called her househelp to inform her that a mechanic would go to fix Wangui’s taxi.

At some point, Wambui spoke to her mother over an update on their uncle’s burial ceremony, which was to take place in Rongai yesterday.

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That is why it was such a shocker when Kori called Wambui’s parents later in the evening to inform them that his wife, their daughter, was missing.

“He reported that she had been kidnapped,” said Esther.

According to police sources, at around 5pm, after a long day of merrymaking, Wambui is said to have convinced Wangui to take her to her (Wangui’s) house at Fourways Junction.

Wangui has lived at Fourways, where the monthly rent is about Sh60,000, for two years. Residents said a two-bedroom unit like the one she lives in costs roughly Sh12 million.

They found Kori at the house. Inside the small apartment, his pictures hang on the wall, confirming Wambui’s worst fears that her husband was also the man of the house she had visited.

The furniture in the house also matched that which Wambui had espied on her husband’s mobile phone a while back.

“An argument ensued, leading to a fight that lasted till darkness set in. In the end, Wambui was fatally injured. Her body was discovered on Sunday morning, dumped in a dam in Juja. Police believe the body was dumped that same night.

“Wambui had a deep cut on one side of her head and multiple bruises on both hands, indicating she had struggled before her death,” said Juja DCIO Obed Kiio.

he late Mary Wambui Kori was reported on Sunday morning. Her sister was allegedly murdered by her husband after she nabbed him at his lovers house in Fourways estate in Kiambu on Saturday. Her body was found dumped at the shores of a dam in Juja.

Police say the body was wrapped in bed sheets and put in a sack. It was then put in her car and driven to the dam at around 1am.

Apparently, an earlier plan to carry the body in a taxi fell flat after the driver chickened out after realising what the assignment was. Police were looking for him.

Kori was arrested at the scene on Sunday morning. Police say they saw him walk in as they collected evidence from the dam.

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Asked why he was at the scene, he said he was searching for his wife, who had disappeared the previous night. He added that he had been led to the scene by a post on the Kilimani Mums Facebook page indicating that a woman’s body had been found in the area, family sources said.

Juja OCPD Simon Thirikwa said Kori led them to Wangui, who was found in her house. Bloodstained clothes were also found in the house.

Family and friends of Wambui described her as an outgoing, successful and humble businesswoman. Images of her on social media show a woman never shy of sharing her fun, family and travel escapades with the world. In one shot, she is seen posing behind her sleek car, in another she is intimately holding her husband, while in yet another shot she is having fun with her two sons.

“As we mourn, we know she is gone forever,” said Esther. “All we ask now is for justice to be served.”

Police were looking for Wambui’s car and mobile phone, which were still missing. They have already taken blood samples from Wangui’s house for DNA testing.

Detective Cornelius Arwasa told Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo that they were also seeking to retrieve CCTV footage at Homeland Inn and Fourways Junction to establish Wambui’s last moments and how her body was removed from the house to the boot of her Mercedes Benz.

According to neighbours at Fourways Junction, Kori was a regular visitor at the estate, his Toyota Lexus a regular feature in the parking bay. The car is now detained at Juja Police Station.

Friends described Kori as a “cool guy”. On his Facebook page, which was last updated on December 16 last year, Kori says he studied business communication at Kenyatta University and is self-employed.

Wangui has been a resident of Kiambu for a while, with those who know her saying that she used to live in Thindigua before moving to Fourways.

Those who know her said she used to to sell clothes, but her fortunes changed after moving to Fourways, allegedly after hooking up with Kori.

She is described as a boastful person who always tells her friends how she is living a good life, and how her “husband” bought her a new car.

On her Facebook page — Danyque Gaberiel — she has been posting photos of herself with Kori, some of them showing her on vacation in Singapore during Christmas.

Source: Daily Nation

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Top Notch Security with ongoing installation of Razor Wire Fencing

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We are extremely thankful to the various professional teams that are currently engaged at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace together with our suppliers and customers. Indeed, there is great progress that is taking place in this unique gated community.

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Vote-rich Luhya now a Tower of Babel

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Two new community spokesmen, a grieving former spokesman, a dethroned party leader, a de-whipped chief whip and a boisterous schemer.

This surmises the situation unfolding in Western, following a chain of events in the last few days, which has upset the region’s political order and invoked a new wave of political soul searching.

It is a multi-pronged fight; different leaders fighting for different causes, but all carrying with them the destiny of the vote-rich Luhya basket. Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is staking his all to reclaim his fast slipping community spokesman role.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa are sticking their necks to give their fresh coronations as spokesmen, a meaning. Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula is firing on all cylinders to save his dear Ford-Kenya from take-over by Eseli Simiyu team.

And while Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli is regaling in his new “kingmaker” status, having triggered recent events, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali is staring at a bleak political future, following his demotion by Jubilee. The region is wailing in every direction as President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s shadows loom large.

“Luhyas are not like other communities like Luo, Kalenjin or Kikuyu that follow their kingpins blindly. For them, they determine what they want and the leaders have to follow them and articulate their wishes,” Prof Egara Kabaji told The Standard yesterday on the new wave of fight for the soul of Western. Disappointed by Monday’s coup in Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, a group of 22 MPs from the region, together with Mudavadi, told Raila to forget the region from his political considerations. They said he has consistently taken their support for granted.

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The coup was preceded by a luncheon hosted by Atwoli last week, where about 40 regional leaders endorsed Oparanya and Atwoli as co-spokesmen of the community to replace Mudavadi.

“We state categorically that Oparanya, Atwoli and Eugene can’t speak for the Luhya community. Our issues can’t be canvassed outside our native land. Nobody is to organise us or presume to speak for us,” the leaders allied to Mudavadi and Wetang’ula said. They later said they the two were the community’s spokespeople.

No support at home

However, Oparanya and Atwoli responded immediately, dismissing the Mudavadi/Wetang’ula axis, saying some of them do not have support at home.

Oparanya, who is also the chairman of the Council of Governors (CoG), maintained that he has always worked together with Luhya leaders and was amazed at the accusations levelled against him.

“We have been supporting other candidates for presidency for years. Now is not the time for noise. Our opportunity is with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) where review of the law will allow the winner of a presidential contest not to take it all,” Oparanya said.

He faulted Mudavadi and Wetang’ula for putting roadblocks on the path for Luhya unity and always behaving as if they own the community.

“I am a governor who runs the county from Kakamega. I am always on the ground. No one can accuse me of not knowing what is happening with our people. Show me the supporters of the two leaders. Western has four counties. Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has three governors. Ford Kenya has one. Can Mudavadi and Wetang’ula claim to have support in Western?” Oparanya posed.

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He said the two leaders were at first reluctant to attend the BBI meeting hosted in Kakamega. “When they realised that is what people wanted, they dashed there at the last minute. Mudavadi is always addressing media alone at his centre in Nairobi. He can’t claim to be speaking for Luhyas,” Oparanya said.

Atwoli was more scathing, dismissing the duo and their allies as sell-outs working for Ruto.

Popular leader

“I used my own resources to carry out research done by the University of Nairobi to find out a popular leader among the Luhyas. I used the same resources to make Mudavadi our Luhya spokesperson prior to the 2017 General Election. He can’t turn round and accuse me,” he said. At that time, Atwoli said, Wetang’ula was furious about naming Mudavadi the Luhya spokesperson.

“He called me names but I want to assure them that I have nothing to do with what is happening in Ford-K and ANC. My party is Kanu and I shouldn’t be dragged into local parties belonging to fence-sitters who have no idea of what is happening in Kenya,” he said.

Atwoli said the two do not have the majority support among Luhyas and his wing has the numbers. He is now accusing those who assembled at Wetang’ula’s home as brigades of Ruto, out to use the Luhya community for selfish reasons.

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“Dr Chris Wamalwa and Ben Washiali are Ruto men. That is why they were removed from parliamentary positions. They can’t purport to speak for Luhyas. We will resist them,” he said.

He said he is currently working on issues affecting workers and has no time for failures. According to Mudavadi, Western leaders need to own their space and not be intimidated into taking positions.

He likened the quick succession of events in the region to people being forced to make choices at gun point: “We are being cocooned into a corner of loyalty for pledges. Today it is Wetang’ula, tomorrow it will be me and when you continue laughing at this unfortunate scenario, tomorrow it will be you and we will watch you suffer,” Mudavadi said.

On the Jubilee side of things, the battle between Ruto and Kenyatta has split the Jubilee pointmen in the region down in the middle. Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Washiali can hardly see eye to eye.

Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe was made the National Assembly Chief Whip, replacing Washiali at yesterday’s Jubilee coalition PG. Others like former CS Rashid Echesa and former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale are lying low for now.

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Young Kenyan comedian lands slot on Comedy Central

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Kenyan comedian Elsa Majimbo joins the list of other elite comedians whose work has been featured on television station Comedy Central Africa.

Her short hilarious videos are set to be aired on the comedy channel.

Elsa shared the news with her fans on social media saying that her shows will be featured for the whole month of June.

“I’m on @comedycentralAF they’ll be showing me for the rest of the month I’m so excited,” tweeted @ElsaAngel19.

One of her funny videos uploaded on the television network is where she talks about people who use their friends’ Netflix subscriptions to watch movies but are never around when it is time to renew the subscription.

Elsa lives in South Africa and has received numerous acclamation for her comedy work which she posts mostly on her Instagram page. Recently, a section of KOT “rejected” her as Kenyan, with South Africans embracing her.

She, however, received affirmation from Lupita Nyong’o.

One of her most famous videos is one where she talks about coronavirus and how since the pandemic started people have been affected differently.

She speaks of how although everyone has been put on a forced quarantine at their homes making it impossible for them to socialise, she personally has not missed anyone.

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