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Painful death of Mildred Odira



Morgue attendants lifted the body out of the cold storage chamber and set it on top of a gurney, bringing the search for Ms Mildred Odira, who had been missing for six days, to an inexplicable end.

And as family and friends entered the City Mortuary to identify her body, leaving with piercing screams, a taxi driver, Mr Davies Ochieng’, was being arraigned in a Milimani court, two kilometres away.

The injuries on Ms Odira’s body — a wound on the forehead, another on the cheek, a cut on her abdomen and fractured legs — were not enough to explain what might have caused her death. And the state of her underwear indicated that she might have been raped.

Ms Odira, 32, a switchboard operator with Foresight Company but based at Nation Centre, left her Kariobangi South home at 4am last Tuesday, January 29.

“She was not well. She had been diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension just two days earlier, so she wanted to go to hospital. When she left the house, the security guards at the court’s gate helped her hail a taxi to take her to Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital,” said her sister, Ms Maureen Anyango.

When they did not hear from her, Ms Odira’s family visited the hospital later that day to find out whether she had been admitted.

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“She was not at the hospital, so we thought she might have gone to a different one. But records at all the hospitals around showed that she had not visited any,” Ms Anyango said.

What they did not know was that just three hours after Ms Odira left the house, her badly mutilated body was taken to City Mortuary. It was entered in the registry as number 178, an unknown female adult. The cause of death in the registry was “accident”.

The vehicle that Ms Odira hired to take her to hospital. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

An incident report at the Kasarani Police Station said the body was found on the side of a road, near the GSU footbridge at Allsopps.

The family said they reported the matter to the police but their report was shrugged off, since the law stipulates that a person can only be declared missing after 48 hours. Come Thursday, the family reported her missing at the Kasarani and Buruburu police stations.

The matter was handed to investigators, who interviewed the taxi driver who had picked up Ms Odira. Mr Ochieng’ told the police that he had, indeed, taken Ms Odira to Uhai Neema Hospital in Ruaraka, waited for her for an hour and 20 minutes, and then left.

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Detectives demanded CCTV footage from the hospital when the hospital said it had not received a patient called Mildred Odira. The CCTV footage from exterior cameras showed the taxi, a black Mazda Carol, arrive at 4.33am, make a U-turn in the hospital compound and leave without dropping off anyone.

The footage clearly shows the driver leaving the hospital patting his chest, with a client believed to be Ms Odira in the back seat. The car’s full lights were on. Notably, the guards at the hospital recorded that the car left the compound at 5.57am.

The contradictions in the driver’s statement and the fact that they did not tally with the investigators’ findings led to his arrest on Saturday. His vehicle was also towed to the Kasarani Police Station.

Mr Ochieng was taken to the Milimani Law Courts, but the investigators were allowed to hold him until February 14 to complete investigations into the incident that has sent shock waves across the country.

Kasarani Divisional Criminal Investigating Officer (DCIO) Douglas Chikanda said a number of people had recorded statements, including the guards who helped Ms Odira call a taxi.

“Investigations are active but we will not divulge much at this time,” Mr Chikanda told the Nation.

But even as investigations continue, the family is asking many questions, among them, why the police, even after the family made a report and considering several media reports, did not notify them that the body had been found, why the taxi made a U-turn without dropping off Ms Odira, and whether she was raped.

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“What does the taxi driver know? Why did he not drop her off at the hospital?”, Ms Odira’s brother, Mr Erick Odira, said with rage.

By the time we went to press, Ms Odira’s family was planning to have a post-mortem to determine whether she was sexually assaulted and to ascertain what killed her.

Following the discovery of Ms Odira’s body, the Nation Media Group sent a condolence message to her family and her employer.

“We are deeply saddened to have learnt of the tragic death of Mildred Odira, who until her untimely demise, served as a switchboard operator at Nation Media Group (NMG), seconded by Foresight Innovations Ltd.

“We pray that Mildred’s family finds fortitude to bear this great loss,” Mr Clifford Machoka, the head of corporate and Regulatory Affairs, said yesterday.

Source: Daily Nation

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VIDEO: Machakos First Lady ‘Tetema’ dance moves leave Kenyans asking for more



Machakos County First Lady Lilian Ng’ang’a has excited the online community after showing off her dancing skills during a meeting with students.

Lilian, dressed in a flowered green dress, put her best foot forward as she jammed to Tanzanian bongo star Rayvanny’s hit song ‘Tetema’.

In her speech, she urged the students to embrace their talents in addition to fulfilling their academic dreams.

The online community had a lot to say about her dancing skills, with a section expressing their disappointment for her underwhelming dance moves.

“NTV do you even know what dancing is, this is like a pliers fitted in a trouser, very rigid and dry,” said Killy Emmanuel.

“Leave alone mutua thing. The mama in black skirt is doing the real tetema,” wrote Innocent Favoured Nzola.

“The only thing ina tetema hapo ni salary Na allowances,” commented Abdul Aziz Mohammed.

“Sijaona mtu anadance hapo labda anafanya mashoweshi,” stated patience Ashley.

“Am not a good dancer but I can do better than this,” added Ann Karanu.

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University education isn’t everything: 12 lessons from Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO



Robert 'Bob' Collymore

Robert ‘Bob’ Collymore may not have a college education but he is at the helm of Safaricom, a company that is arguably one of Africa’s finest and a trend setter in the world of communications.

1. University education isn’t everything

There tends to be a lot of reliance on paper qualification. We stuff ourselves into universities, then we come out and there is very little difference between us and all the other people who also did the same.

In this industry and many others, if you are not a learning treadmill, you will be left behind very rapidly. The advances that we are seeing in technology such as in artificial intelligence, robotics – I do not have to go to school to learn about it.

I can learn about it because the resources are there. I can buy a book on Amazon in two clicks.

So get into continuous learning instead of relying on the old things you learnt in university – things have moved on.

2. Be adaptable

I have done many different types of jobs but I never anticipated that I would become the CEO of a mobile phone company in Africa.

Just because you went to university and studied law doesn’t mean you become a lawyer.

You need to go into the world knowing that what you learnt in the university was how to learn. You must be adaptive.

3. There is no shortcut

Millennials believe that once you get employed, it will take you a matter of weeks before you get the corner office and get the land cruiser.

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We forget that in all ages, especially in this one, everything takes time. Whether you want to become a basketball player or a CEO, you have to put the hours in.

You do not become a good photographer if you do not do 20,000 hours behind that camera. Shortcuts tend to lead people to a lot of problems, often legal problems.

My earnings are not a secret to Kenyans, but you can see that I am not hugely wealthy, compared to other people.

But do I consider myself a failure? Of course not. I do not want to find a shortcut to riches because they are not the goal. Unfortunately, a lot of people think there is a shortcut to it. You have to work hard.

4. Be hungry

Grab opportunities. Opportunities sometimes present themselves only once and you have to grab them.

Because at later stages, what you regret is not the things you did, but the things you did not do. All my regrets are of things I did not do.

Luck also has a big role to play, so again, don’t sniff at luck. When luck presents itself, just take it. When you get a good fortune, just take it.

5. Learn the art of gratitude

We tend not to be grateful these days. Be grateful for what you have. If you wrote down the things that you are grateful for, you would be amazed.

Grateful people are much more agreeable than people who grow up thinking about how they did not get a break.

If I look at my own background, coming from a broken family, a single mother, being the only black kid in the school that I went to in the UK, not going to university – there is a whole lot of things that I can stack up and say are all the reasons I should not be doing the job I am today.

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If I had let them hold me back, I would still be working in a shop like I used to.

6. Lose the sense of entitlement

I never had the sense that I could not work in the shops because I had completed my A-levels. I was a delivery chap delivering furniture, I used to stack shelves – I never imagined I was too good for any job.

I did a lot of things and I said, “It’s a job. I will do it and I will take my lessons from each and every one of those jobs.”

If you look at how I engage with people working in shops when I go shopping, my interaction with them is shaped by that experience because I walked in those shoes. I worked behind that checkout. I know how dehumanising people can treat you sometimes.

I hold those people with huge admiration and respect. Don’t have a sense of entitlement. You are never too good for anything.

You are never too good to sweep floors and all. That is the thing about opportunities. They may not present themselves as you expect them to.

7. Move with the times

We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, where we are looking at the internet for everything. The fourth industrial revolution plays to older people because it makes things easier for us.

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However, it does not play to young people because it will definitely take away jobs. In Africa, we need to create about a million jobs every month, which is about 10 to 15 million jobs every year.

That is a huge number. Even here in Kenya, I estimate that we need to create about 3,000 jobs a day.

That’s a scary thought and it is because that’s how fast the population is growing.

Foxconn, the people who make the iPhone, reduced their workforce by half because of robotics.

In Africa, we have a narrow opportunity to take some of the manufacturing from China, but that opportunity is not going to be there for long. We should be grabbing those opportunities now.

What we are seeing is that the people grabbing those opportunities are from places like Vietnam, so if we do not grab them now, by the time we come around we will be out of the game.

8. Are your skills important in today’s world?

Get to the front of the curve. Read. I always tell my team, “I mustn’t know more about stuff than you. You have to be smarter than me.

If you aren’t smarter than me, then why would I need to hire you?” You need to stay ahead of the curve and there is no excuse for not doing it because everything is online these days. You need to ensure that you are skilled to do the jobs that exist today.


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Ugandan Woman who has been serving food to Kenyan men in a restaurant while kneeling is making some women envious



Stella Mteyo, a 23-year-old waitress from Mbale in Uganda, is reportedly driving Kiambu men crazy with her charming manners.

Mteyo runs a hotel, Stella Vienyanjas, in the heart of Kiambu town where she serves customers her specialty food of Ugali with Omena, which goes for Ksh70 and Ugali with fish, which she sells at Ksh100.

All this she does while kneeling and her amused male clients flock the joint just to receive her king-like treatment.

Mteyo revealed that she once worked as a housegirl but her boss kicked her out because she thought she was snatching her husband. Her employer did not like the idea of her serving her husband food while kneeling.

A file image of Stella Mteyo serving her customer while kneeling

However, she maintained that in her culture, a woman can’t serve a man without kneeling down because to them, it shows disrespect.

According to one regular customer, Aston Mutembei, he is addicted to Mteyo’s eatery considering the fact that she appreciates her clients.

“She makes you feel like you are in charge. She is not like other women who just throw your food on the table without caring if you will eat or not.

“This is how it’s supposed to be, a man should be treated like a king. For sure she knows how to cook, I always feel pampered and well taken care of,” Mutembei confessed urging women especially from Kiambu to emulate Mteyo.

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Another customer, Richard Ngige, also applauded Mteyo noting that she was beautiful and courteous. He added that when he is at the hotel, he feels cherished and loved unlike when he is at home.

Mzee John Wainaina, one of Mteyo’s loyal customer, praised the Ugandan culture stating, “Ugandan women are very respectful compared to our women. In Kikuyu culture, women used to respect men and they would bring you food covering themselves with shuka or wearing a long dress to show respect, but today, they no longer do that.”

But Joan Wambui is not amused. She tweeted: “Sasa mzee wangu akionyeshwa mambo haya, atarudi nyumbani kweli?”

Jennifer Akinyi says: “I really don’t have the time for that nonsense. Kwani ni Mungu? Huyu mama anataka kutunyang’anya wazee wutu. Shindwe!”

A woman kneels before her husband during a Ugandan wedding

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