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Husband allowed to bury his police constable wife after 7-month legal tussle with in-laws

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The body of a former police officer attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) can now be buried by her husband and not her siblings, seven months after she died.

Kakamega Senior Resident Magistrate Erick Malesi ruled that although there were no marriage documents to show Police Constable Jane Robi was married to Evans Ajega, there was proof their relationship was beyond that of mere friends.

The Magistrate said the action by the DCI Headquarters to communicate to Ajega telling him the officer had died confirmed that he was the next of kin.

Robi died on June 28, 2018 in Nakuru while on a visit to her sister, Susan Wenkulu. Her kin kept Ajega in the dark about the demise and went ahead with burial arrangements.She said Ajega had not paid the bride price and therefore had no right to bury her.

Ajega moved to court seeking to have the body released to him, saying the deceased must be buried at their matrimonial land in Kitale as opposed to her maiden home in Kuria, Migori County.

The court stopped her family from interring the remains until the matter is heard and determined.The body was preserved at Pastor Machage Memorial Mortuary in Migori during the trial.

Ajega told the court he married the deceased in 1996 and have three children though he never paid dowry.In his judgment, the Magistrate observed that the defendants in the suit who were Robi’s sister and two cousins were economical with truth.“

I gathered from the testimonies of the defendants and their general demeanor that they knew the relationship was not a mere friendship but of nature of marriage. Maybe there was opposition to such relationship which hampered its formalisation and she died before the matters were ironed out.”

Wenkulu told the court that two among the three children Ajega claimed he sired with Robi were not his children.The magistrate upheld that since the birth certificates of all the children indicted he was their father, it spoke volumes to counter Wenkulu’s allegations.

“The plaintiff never underwent customary rites of passage with the deceased for more than 20 years of their marriage. I am satisfied given the evidence placed before me, it is safe to presume existence of marriage between the two,” said the magistrate.

Malesi dismissed assertions by the defendants that Robi had bad blood with Ajega.He said Robi was a police officer attached to the DCI and if Ajega had wronged her the course she would likely have taken was to drag him through the criminal justice process.

Source: Standard media

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KCSE candidate loses two teeth in brutal attack by prefects

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A Form Four student at Mutindwa Day Mixed Secondary School in Tharaka-Nithi County lost two teeth in an alleged brutal attack by the school head boy and four of his friends.

Ian Karani, who is recuperating at PCEA Chogoria Mission Hospital where he was admitted on Wednesday last week, told the media that the prefect and his colleagues beat him up for walking out of the dining hall with food against the school regulations.

“The head boy approached me demanding to know why I taking my food outside the dining hall and before I explained he descended on me with blows before his four friends joined him,” Karani said.

Left lying

He said after a thorough beating he was left lying on the ground with blood oozing from mouth and the nose where he was picked by teachers and rushed to the hospital.

The students said teachers lied to the hospital that he had accidentally fallen and also demanded that he should not tell the truth to avoid the matter becoming a police case.

Mr Murithi Ndubi, Karani’s father, said when he got information on what had happened to his son, he rushed to the hospital and found him at the casualty room unconscious.

He claimed that teachers have been intimidating his son forcing him to lie that he fell so as to protect the school reputation and avoid dragging the management into police cases.

“I want justice for my son because he suffered permanent injuries at the hands of prefects and teachers don’t want the truth to come out,” said Mr Ndubi.

Indiscipline case

School principal Mr Mugambi Mitambo agreed that the boy was beaten by the school head boy and four other Form Four boys and assured that he was handling the indiscipline case appropriately.

“Karani lost his teeth while fighting with the prefect and other four boys and I’m handling the matter as an indiscipline case,” said Mr Mitambo.

BY Nairobi News

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Sonko compares his extended foreign tour to Trump’s trips abroad

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who has been ‘missing’ for almost two weeks now has compared his absence to that of United States President Donald Trump.

Even as he is being investigated in numerous corruption cases, Sonko has had the time to visit several countries abroad including Dubai, Italy, France and later in the week he will be visiting South Korea.

On Tuesday, through social media, Sonko explained why he has been away, stating that all the trips he has taken are good for the city.

“In the last week starting Monday 7th October, I have been out of the country on an official tour where I visited Europe (France) Montpellier, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Asia (South Korea) to attend key note events where other major cities of the world were represented by my counterparts,” Sonko wrote Facebook.

He compared the trips to those of Trump after he took over the Oval office.

“In 2017, US President Donald Trump made several foreign trips, one from 20th to 27th May (8 Days) where he visited a number of Middle East Countries and another in November 5th to 14th (10 Days) visiting Asia, the Korea Peninsula and China. In 2018, Trump went for several foreign trips with one lasting from June 7th to 16th (9 Days) in Europe,” he explained.

He further said that as the governor he has also made several crucial official trips to represent Nairobi City around the world in the last two years.

This he explained is because he believes it is important for him get to interact with other world city leaders and get to see or learn what they are doing differently in their respective cities.

That aside, Sonko admitted that he has been enjoying every moment of his foreign trip.

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Nazizi exhilarated as son meets President Uhuru Kenyatta

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Last week marked eight decades since St Mary’s School, Nairobi was started and in honor of the fete, the school’s former and current students came together to celebrate.

Leading the ceremony was Saints alumni President Uhuru Kenyatta who stole the show when he turned up dressed in full school uniform.

Legendary Kenyan Hip hop artist Nazizi Hirji’s 9-year-old son Tafari Firoz who is a pupil at the institution had the privilege of meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and sharing a cake-cutting session with him.

Tafari was among a select number of students chosen to participate in the event.

An elated Nazizi took to Instagram to share her proud mama moment with her online family.

“The president of my heart @tafari_firoz got to meet the President of Kenya yesterday. The celebration was #saintsat80 and yes @uhurukenyatta is an old Saints boy. Super proud mum,” she wrote.

Nazizi’s son with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Joining the president in celebration of the school’s 80th anniversary was Citizen TV news anchor Jeff Koinange, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and business mogul Jimi Wanjigi, also alumnus of Saints.

The president was pleased with the warm welcome he got from St Mary’s students and in turn extended an invite to the learners to visit the State House for a tour as he urged for the school’s improved infrastructure.

“Let’s put up credible framework to marshal resources to assist the school in improving libraries and other infrastructure. Institutions’ histories are kept alive by people,” said the President.

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