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Prof Mugenda had attempted to slit his throat and had a towel wrapped around his neck when he jumped to his death:Report

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For a man whose life was confined to the exactness of science and the proof-ability of statistics, Prof Abel Mugenda’s death has been shrouded in intrigue and vagueness.

A week after his death, new information shows that President Uhuru Kenyatta might have been misled on the professor’s cause of death.

Although his family announced that he died after a short illness, details are emerging that Prof Mugenda, husband of Judicial Service Commissioner Prof Olive Mugenda, may have committed suicide.

The Saturday Standard perused a police report indicating that the university don leapt to his death from his room at a prestigious hotel in Nyeri town.

He jumped

The report indicates that the 66-year-old jumped to his deathfrom the sixth floor of the four-star hotel at 5am on January 5.

For a man who commanded attention in lecture halls in some of Kenya’s most prestigious universities, it is ironical that to the staff at the hotel, Prof Mugenda has become a sort of elephant in the room.

A topic too big to be broached.Prior to his death, the academician had stayed at the hotel for four days, from January 2 to January 5.

Staff at the hotel remain reluctant, even afraid, to speak about the incident that has shaken the academic world.

Those who do, talk of a conspiracy to conceal any information that might shed more light to why the man of books took the fatal plunge.

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“It is very true (that he jumped) lakini imefichwa (the incident has been concealed),” said a staff member.

The guarded reports that appeared in the press and President Kenyatta’s statement issued last Saturday said the professor had died after a short illness.

Yet, multiple corroborating statements point to the troubled last minutes of his life in which the lecturer allegedly attempted to slit his own throat before taking the jump.

Documents at Nyeri Police Station indicate that the officers had received a report that a man who had booked into the hotel as Abel Mugenda had fallen from a ledge on the sixth floor and died on the spot.

A police source privy to the incident said the officers believe the don took his own life and are not treating the death as suspicious.

Some hotel workers said the renowned professor of statistics and research looked disturbed from the moment he walked through the imposing hotel entrance and further past the well polished shiny floor, onwards to the reception to book his room at the beginning of the year.

Mugenda got a room in the new wing of the hotel established in 2015.

He was all alone most of the time and would appear in the dining hall for meals. He was mostly on phone but we would not notice something unusual,” said a staffer.

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The Saturday Standard has been reliably informed by officers who reviewed the surveillance footage that Prof Mugenda had attempted to slit his throat and had a towel wrapped around his neck when he jumped.

The professor, our source said, left his room on the fourth floor then took a lift to the sixth floor from where he jumped.Our source further said a witness saw the professor leap from the building and yelled to prevent him from jumping but it was too late.

The source said there was pressure to keep the incident quiet due to the stigma around the idea that a successful professor would choose to die.Until his death, Prof Mugenda, who was just shy of turning 66, was a professor of statistics and research at United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa).He will be buried on Friday next week at Thogoto village in Kiambu County.

Mugenda is survived by his wife Olive and four children; Albert Gitau, Christopher Nyoike, Angela Wambui and Linda Wambui.

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Matiang’i: Stop whining, the world won’t end for not drinking this weekend

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has told off Kenyans for finding fault with his order for the closure of bars and entertainment joints over the weekend to allow for the national census exercise to take place.

Speaking on Thursday morning while addressing the media Dr Matiang’i said that he has heard the plight of Kenyans, but unfortunately he cannot revise the decision that has already been made.

He argued that the exercise only happens once after every 10 years and that Kenyans should be able to ‘sacrifice’ at least two days to allow for the smooth execution of the process.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused for the closure of social places. Please bear with us, we cannot revise the decision. But please bear in mind that it is only this once in 10 years, we are not being insensitive,” Matiang’i said.

KENYANS’ REACTION

“The directive to shutdown bars is not a motive to ban drinking, we cannot ban drinking. I am surprised at the reaction from Kenyans. You will think the world is coming to an end this weekend,” he further explained.

The CS gave the order on Tuesday saying that all entertainment spots, including bars, shall be closed from 5pm on Saturday, August 24 until 6pm on Sunday, August 25.

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The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is set to conduct the exercise with 138,572 enumerators, accompanied by security personnel, will be knocking on people’s doors at night.

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Overnight ‘Mugithi’ planned ahead of De’Mathew’s burial on Saturday

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In efforts to remember and honour fallen Kikuyu Benga musician John Mwangi Ng’ang’a, popularly known as John De’Mathew, Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has sponsored a music show (mugithi night) on Friday before the singer’s burial on Saturday.

The event, according to the county boss, will give DeMathew’s fans a chance to remember him by playing all his music.

In efforts to remember and honour fallen Kikuyu Benga musician John Mwangi Ng’ang’a, popularly known as John De’Mathew, Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has sponsored a music show (mugithi night) on Friday before the singer’s burial on Saturday.

The event, according to the county boss, will give DeMathew’s fans a chance to remember him by playing all his music.

In his career spanning over 30 years, De’Mathew had produced over 50 albums.

He died on August 18, 2019 after his car hit a trailer-truck near Thika’s Blue Post Hotel.

WHOLE NIGHT

Artistes drawn from Mt Kenya region will also attend the Friday event which will be held at Golden Palm Hotel in Kenol town and which will go on for the whole night.

Fans of the late musician have also formed a WhatsApp group where they are pledging goats which will be slaughtered during the event.

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According to Governor Wa Iria, the event will remind the Agikuyu people of the life and times of the late De’Mathew whom local leaders regarded as a seer or a Kikuyu prophet.

“We want to remember him by listening to all his songs which play a major role in uniting the Agikuyu community as well as advising and entertaining our people,” the governor said.

BONA FIDE LEADER

According to the governor, the De’Mathew was the bona fide leader of the artistes from central Kenya after the death of Joseph Kamaru last year.

“The late was not your ordinary musician. He took the mantle from the late Joseph Kamaru and as a matter of fact, it is only after Kamaru’s death that a sacco was formed and De’Mathew was appointed to be its chairperson,” the governor said.

Mr Wa Iria was named the patron of the musicians’ sacco known as Tamco Sacco and was instrumental in its formation and operations.

The governor has lauded De’Mathew’s leadership saying seven months after the sacco was formed, they have been able to buy land in Kenol town at a cost Sh8 million. He said he will continue working closely with the artistes to ensure they realise their dream.

The sacco was launched in January this year at Thika Greens in Murang’a where President Uhuru Kenyatta, the governor and other leaders sent their contributions.

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MUSICIANS’ SACCO

During the launch of the Sacco, Mr Wa Iria advised the artistes to put more emphasis on investments than offering credit services to their clients to prevent the society from collapsing of as has been witnessed with other similar ventures in the recent times.

During the sacco’s launch, the late De’Mathew said they intended build a recording studio, commercial shops and conference rooms where members will be benefitting from the proceeds on monthly basis.

“We have been mocked and laughed at but we are determined in joining hands and growing together so that never again shall we be seeking fundraisers for the hospital bills and burials of musicians,” he said.

DeMathew will be buried on Saturday at his ancestral home in Mukurwe, Gatanga in a ceremony where the President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders are expected.

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VIDEO: Tanzanian woman wants to be President Uhuru’s wife but Kenyans online are not amused

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It appears Tanzanian singer Rehema Chalamila popularly known as Ray C infatuation with President Uhuru Kenyatta is not going anywhere anytime soon, if a picture she has shared on social media is anything to go by.

In the photo, the sassy songbird is captured wearing a revealing bodysuit with fishnet stocking while posing near a pool.

“Future Mrs Uhuru!jah love!,” the photo is captioned.

Predictably, the post has attracted great interest from the online community.

“Jamani huyu ashindwe kwa jina la Yesu, Juzi ukitembelewa na malaika akakutia ufahamu, Leo,” said reymsemo.

“Hivii ni wewe juzi ulieongea maneno ya kiroho hapaa mpka nikajua Umeokoka!!!?” asked wilkins_ms.

“Not our president… we love our first lady,” commented roselynatema.

“Ray C all reckless. She’s ready to risk it all,” said ayuma.

“Uhuru wetu wa Kenya ama mgani?” asked stacy 254.

“Haki ringtone apoko anatusumbua atahitaji jiko. Si umchukue tu,” suggested angel_johnson.

Ray C publicly declared her “undying love” for President Kenyatta last year while on a music tour in the country.

She claimed that Mr Kenyatta was the ideal husband for her and this has added to her love for Kenya.

 

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