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Police look for men who shared a meal with women before murder

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Detectives are looking for two men they believe could shed light on the hours leading to the death of a woman in Nairobi on Saturday in a suspected crime of passion.

The two men shared a meal at Homeland Inn on Thika Road with the victim, Mary Wambui, and Judy Wangui, a suspect who is in police custody.

Also being held over the murder is Wambui’s husband and Wangui’s alleged lover Joseph Kori.

The two men police are looking for are believed to have information on what transpired between the two women before the fateful evening.

Also being sought is Wambui’s mobile phone, which was not found in her car yesterday. The white Mercedes Benz saloon was found abandoned at Kwa Maiko shopping centre in Githunguri, Kiambu County. Inside it were Wambui’s clothes. Residents said it had been abandoned there since Sunday. Detectives towed the car to Ngewa Police Station, where it was dusted for evidence.

Two children of the Koris, one aged 13 and the other six, were withdrawn from school by relatives to help them manage the shock, while in Nakuru, Wambui’s mother Virginia Njeri Kamangara had difficulty comprehending how her “selfless” son-in-law could have taken the life of her “heartbeat”, as the police suspect.

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“I am so sad,” said a distraught Njeri, the wife of Nakuru politician John Kamangara, who died in 2002. “I still can’t believe my beloved third-born daughter is no more. She was the pillar and heartbeat of this homestead.”

She said she last saw her daughter and grandchildren during the December holidays before the family flew out for a holiday in Dubai, Thailand, and Malaysia. Wangui appears to have discreetly joined Kori on holiday at the same time, according to photos on her social media account.

Njeri, Wambui’s mother, had last seen Kori a year earlier, when he paid for installation of electricity at her home in Kandutura village in Visoi Ward, a few kilometres from Rongai in Nakuru County.

“He is a good son-in-law, a selfless and good-hearted person. At no time did Wambui call me to say she was experiencing marital problems,” she said.

A neighbour, Jane Wangui Mwangi, said Wambui had been a Sunday school teacher in her youth, and in adulthood supported the local church.

“She tiled AIC Kandutura last year and also bought chairs and constructed a gate for the church,” she said.

Born on June 30, 1979, Wambui attended Kandutura Primary School in Visoi before joining St Columbus Secondary School in Nakuru town for her secondary education and a computer college in Nairobi later on.

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Her sister, Esther, said Wambui and Kori met in 2006 in Nakuru, where he ran Sanga East Africa Limited, a pole treatment plant. But the business encountered turbulence and they relocated to Nairobi, leaving a family mansion behind. They put the house up for sale in 2015 before eventually opting to rent it out.

In Nairobi, the family set up a hardware shop in Kahawa West, run and managed by Wambui. It was at the hardware shop where Wambui met Wangui, whom she employed as an assistant before Kori transferred the girl to the treatment plant in Nakuru, where she worked as a secretary.

Within no time, work-related conflicts ensued and Wangui, a second-year drop-out from the University of Nairobi, where she studied IT, was sacked.

In 2015 the girl rented a house in Thindigua on Kiambu Road, where she earned a living selling new clothes from the comfort of a white Toyota Allion. A year later she moved to Fourways Junction, where she has been living in a Sh60,000-a-month two-bedroom apartment. Within no time she started driving a white Mercedes Benz saloon car, just like Wambui’s. The car is now detained at Juja Police Station.

“Her life revolved around having fun and enjoying the expensive lifestyle financed by Kori,” a source, who requested anonymity said yesterday.

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Detectives were last evening piecing together evidence based on statements from Wambui’s house girl, the suspects in custody, and CCTV footage from Homeland Inn and Fourways Junction.

Wangui and Kori are currently detained at Juja Police Station, where family and relatives have been streaming in to check on them. Sources told the Nation Wangui’s family had hired a Nairobi-based criminal lawyer to represent her.

Source: Daily Nation

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Conquering TV screens

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Since their childhood, Anthony Njoroge always looked up to his big sister, renowned actress Nice Wanjeri for encouragement and direction. Popularly known for her former role as Shiro in a local TV programme.

Aunty Boss, her brother, a young gospel artiste, recalls Nice being the bold and daring one who thrived and shone in public eyes, while he was holed up in shyness always running away from the public attention. His mousy nature was so bad that when he ventured on the road to becoming a musician, the entire family was in shock, unable to reconsile his timid nature and the demands of the musical path he chose to venture into.

“In Sunday School, we would practise songs and dances, which would be performed on Sunday, but come the D-day, I would disappear,” he recalls.

Nice and her brother Anthony come from a family of three siblings and grew up in a humble background in Lari, Kiambu county. This taught them the value of sticking close to each other. Things became even worse when they lost their father in 2002 when Nice was 11 years. She had to assist her mum in selling charcoal and hawking tomatoes and shoes to make ends meet.

Anthony Njoroge and his sister, actress Nice Wanjeri.

The journey

In secondary school, she was the drama and music chairperson and won a lot of trophies. But her acting was sharpened at the Kenya National Theatre where for three years she acted in various roles for set books. It was not all rosy because at times she would be turned away and deemed ugly for a role.

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The pay was also not good. Nice landed her first TV role in 2013 in a KBC programme called Merimela’s House, before later on in 2014 auditioning for a role in Aunty Boss. She acted as an inexperienced housemaid always doing the opposite of what her boss demanded of her, a role which polished her acting skills and turned her into a household name.

“The role changed her whole life from being a nobody in the acting world, to a star. She really researched to fit into the role and owned the character Shiro. She made that character come alive and I remember always tuning in to watch my sister perform. I was excited watching her on TV. She is always thankful of Lucy Mwangi and Eve Dsouza for that opportunity,” says Anthony.

However, in 2016, their mother died leaving them orphans. Nice, being the oldest had to step in and wear their parents’ shoe. But even as she

struggled to take care of his younger brothers, Nice still continued with her pursuit of acting.

But after three years, 15 seasons, with nearly 200 episodes, in 2018, she quit her role in Auntie Boss due to contractual differences and on the same year, she won the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), her first international award as the best actress in comedy and TV series. “A fellow actress Catherine Kamau-Karanja informed her about it. She followed up and confirmed. Nice then spread the word to her fans for them to vote for her, as her nomination category was determined by votes. As a family, we supported her by spreading the news on social media and through the word of mouth to her fans and of course by voting. This saw her bring the award home,” he says.

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The win saw her get more offers from corporates and other productions. “I’m proud of her because I have seen her grow from acting in drama clubs in school and church to acting on a national TV. I am her number one fan. While it feels good to be famous and all, having a support system means everything. We are close, so we support each other emotionally, spiritually and also mentally,” shares Anthony

Life during pandemic

For now, Covid-19, just like it has affected social, economic and almost all areas of life, has not spared her. However, she is creating online content for her fans and building her brand at the moment.

Nice is also a mother of one and being a public figure sometimes demands a lot of time out, especially when working on big projects. However, having a daughter grounds her and she ensures that she compensates for the time lost.

“Motherhood is beautiful and she always tells us that it has taught her to put her daughter first. My niece turned nine this month,” he says.

Her daughter too loves the camera and always expresses her wishes to one day sing and act just like her mother. However, Nice says she would let her chart her own path and will support her in the process. The former Auntie Boss actress is currently dating after breaking up with her baby daddy in 2018. However, neither Anthony nor Nice wanted to reveal details of her new relationship.

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AT A GLANCE

• Born in Lari, Kiambu, Nice Wanjeri attended Kibagare Primary School in Lari constituency, Komothai Girls Secondary School in Githunguri, Kiambu.

• Her passion for acting started when she was young. She was a bold girl who participated in music and drama in church and school.

• Giving birth while still young and new in the industry was not easy. She had to carry her daughter who was still young to the theatre.

• Her brother, Antony Njoroge aka Addeh Prince who looks up to her is a budding gospel artiste. His first album is titled Journey, which he has been working on since 2017.

ANTHONY

“I have seen Nice grow from acting in drama clubs in school and church to taking roles in a national TV. I’m so proud of her

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Why I switched to organic farming

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Sylvia Miloyo started faming as soon as she completed her undergraduate studies in community development.

This is because farming was her first love. But there was a problem.

Like many farmers, she used pesticides and fertilisers which were chemical-based and readily available in the market.

Four years into the venture, she had read so much about  the negative effects of the use of chemical-based farming inputs that she vowed to get a solution for it.

This prompted her into becoming an organic farmer.

She transformed her farm into an organic farming set-up using her savings.

“As of acquiring skills, I just practiced, did a lot of reading and attended short trainings at Real IPM in Thika,” said Sylvia who also holds a Diploma in Business Management.

In this type o farming, she had to include a variety of crops, mainly vegetables.

“In organic farming, you never really mono crop. I have never practiced mono cropping but prefer to grow at least 15 to 20 types of vegetables at every one point,” she said.

According to Ms Miloyo, organic food is healthy for humans and animals . She practices farming in her two farms in Limuru (five acres) and Mai Mahiu (10 acres).

Since adopting organic farming, she says she has attracted clients who she says “are about what they eat and want to only consume safe products.”

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According to the White Paper Report on Pesticide use in Kenya, Pesticides are widely distributed in the environment (like air, soil, water and plants) and as a result, water and soil quality are decreasing and there is an increase in chronic health effects that are suggested to be related to pesticide exposure.

“Many pesticides are either acutely toxic, have long-term toxic effects, are endocrine disrupters (acting on the hormone system), are toxic to different wildlife species or are known to cause a high incidence of severe or irreversible adverse effects,” reads part of the survey.

Ms Miloyo sells her produce mainly through home delivery based on requests.

“Many of our clients are middle class working people and our pricing is very similar with conventional farming, so we basically sell to everyone.”

She noted that takes at least three to years to convert from conventional farming to organic farming.

This also comes with the challenge of battling with pests and diseases in the beginning before you create a micro climate and have a natural balance, where you no longer have too many pests to deal with.

“Market can be an issue for organic suppliers because the populace are not well educated on the benefits of organic farming.”

In order to meet the demands of all her clients, she has an outlet in Nairobi, from where she sells her produce.

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She has established dams to collect rain water as well as a borehole for irrigation.

By Nation.co.ke

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Former NMG journalist laid to rest

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Former Nation Media Group journalist Timothy Kipngetich Kemei was laid to rest on Tuesday.

During the burial event, Kimei was eulogised as a young hard working journalist and a role model to many.

Local leaders including Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno, Kericho County Assembly Speaker Dominic Rono, Leader of Majority Hezron Ngetich and Kapsoit MCA Paul Chirchir attended the ceremony in Tulwab Moi village.

Until his death, Kimei was Kericho County government’s chief public relations officer.

He died late last month while undergoing first aid at Siloam Hospital after an asthma attack.

He was rushed to hospital by his wife and a colleague at around midday, but passed away while doctors attempted to resuscitate him.

He got the first attack at 3 am on Sunday and was rushed to hospital where he was stabilised and discharged.

He developed a second attack at around midday and did not recover from it.

He is survived by his wife Mercy and a two-year-old son

By Nation.co.ke

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