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The untold story of John Kamangara, father of slain Kiambu woman

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The brutal murder of Mary WambuiKamangaraa week ago rekindled memories of his firebrand father, the late Nakuru politician John Maina Kamangara- the man once accused of harvesting retired president Moi’s wheat.

Wambui, 39, was murdered in Kiambu and her body dumped in Juja within Kiambu County. Her husband, Joseph Kori Karue and his side chick, Judy Wangui Mungai, have since been held in police custody awaiting investigations.

Wambui was the fourth born daughter of the late Kamangara who died in 2001 aged 51 and was buried at the Nakuru North Cemetery on September 11 that year.

In his palmy days, Kamangara was not afraid of ruffling feathers with the powers that be during the single party days in the 1980s and early 1990s when his frequent brusque brushes with law enforcers, arrests, prosecutions and detentions left many mouths gaping and wondering whether he was an ‘enemy of the State’.

Kamangara, who had studied theology in Tanzania, had joined politics on the back of chairing the Rongai Kimangu Farmers Company in the mid-1970s when he became a Kanu youth winger.

John Maina Kamangara and Mary Wambui Kamangara [Photo: Courtesy]

Nakuru was the hotbed of Kenya’s politics and Kamangara was among a clique of local hot heads who were constantly under the radar of the dreaded Special Branch then under enigmatic spy chief the late James Kanyotu.

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Since State House Nakuru was where the president sometimes carried state functions besides staying at his Kabarak farm, then elements like Kamangara would not operate without his name being whispered to the right ears. And not when you are accused of harvesting the president’s wheat!

Indeed, after opening the Nyayo wards at the then Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru town, Moi aide and one-time Kabarak Farm manager, the late William Lasoi, complained that Kamangara-who had leased a farm next to Moi’s- was harvesting Moi’s wheat alongside his own forcing the president to ask “Who is this Kamangara and who does he think he is?”

Shortly, Kamangara was among a clique of politicians and businessmen arrested, taken to court and charged with taking oath to topple the government as part of the outlawed Mwakenya Movement in 1986.

His co-accused included the proprietor of Utugi Bar and the later day Apex Resort in Milimani, Nakuru town George Kihara wa Willy, the late ex Ford Asili Councilor Karanja Nduthu ‘Mkombozi’ and an ex high school bursar, Jonathan Mbuthia and one Kagotho Kenja who’s now a US-based businessman.

Come the early 1990s and Kamangara was often rounded up in a state- crackdown-against pro-democracy movement, the Forum for Restoration of Democracy (FORD) and ferried to Nairobi after which each was separately airlifted to their “home districts”.

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The leader of FORD, the late politicians led by ex-Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, was flown to Bondo, Martin Shikuku to Kakamega, and Masinde to Kitale while Kamangara was flown to Nakuru.

They were charged simultaneously with treason or similar trump up charges.

And when Ford split to two, Kamangara led the Jaramogi faction while the rebel one, allied to ex powerful Cabinet Minister Stanley Matiba, was led by Francis Wanyange who later became elected Naivasha MP on Matiba’s Ford-Asili ticket.

Perhaps, Kamangara’s most memorable fame was a time when he, on behalf of the late Jaramogi, and before the splinter of FORD, organised what still remains probably the biggest ever attended political rallies. It was held at Afraha Stadium when the FORD wave was so high police were unable to stop the rally being held just two days to the 1992 General Election.

John Maina Kamangara

Perhaps buoyed by the exciting anti-government speeches, supporters began marching towards the Nakuru State House singing ‘eviction’ political songs.

William Ating’ah, a former civil leader who was among the protestors recall that the General Service Unit (GSU) officers guarding State House, opened the gates flooding demonstrators inside.

But alas, when GSU reinforcement came in military trucks, gates were locked and merciless clobbering started with relentless zeal of the biblical Centurions. By the time the dust, nay teargas, had settled, only pieces of shoes, slippers and damaged bicycles were recovered from the scene which appeared like it been struck by a thunderstorm.

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While Kamangara, then driving his convertible Toyota Celica, escaped the wrath of the paramilitary officers, George Kihara wa Willy recalls running so fast he found himself sharing a hospital bed with a patient at the nearby Nakuru PGH Annex Hospital where had sought refuge.

Kamangara was survived by two wives and seven children among them the now slain Mary Wambui Kamangara.

Source: SDE

 

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Robbers steal Sh1.5m after digging tunnel into bank’s strongroom

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A gang of robbers on Saturday night made away with Sh1.5 million after they dug a tunnel into a bank in Kitui.

The incident happened at Financial Services Association (FSA) bank located in Itoleka, Kitui.

According to Kitui East Deputy OCPD Edward Legei, the bank’s night guard discovered the hole and then informed the police on Sunday morning.

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“He told our officers that as he was patrolling the bank, he saw a tunnel and suspected something could have gone wrong and reported the matter to us,” Legei said.

According to the police, the safe inside the bank and lockers had been broken into.

The police recovered the equipment used in digging the tunnel at the scene.

The security officer has since been arrested and he is helping the police with investigations.

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The robbery is similar to an incident in November of 2017, when robbers stole Sh 50 million from KCB’s Thika branch after digging their way in through an underground tunnel.

The suspects dug a 30-metre-long tunnel into the bank’s strongroom.

According to officers the tunnel was dug from inside a stall opposite the Thika Divisional Police headquarters, where the alleged criminals had been running a bookshop.

Source:nairobinews

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Details emerge as top Kenyan student found dead in US

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Top 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student Norah Jelagat Borus, was on Friday found dead at her campus residence in Stanford University in California, USA.

Norah was the 4th best student nationally in 2013 and was admitted in the School of Engineering.
Police confirmed the death Friday afternoon, noting that there is “no ongoing safety threat to the campus community.” The cause and date of the student’s death remain unknown.

Stanford Police spokesperson Bill Larson said he was unable to provide further details regarding the death. The Daily has reached out to the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office for comment.

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Friday’s death is the fourth student death announced by Stanford since February. Master’s student and world-champion cyclist Kelly Catlin died in March after struggling with depression. Her death came just one month after another graduate student was found dead in a campus laboratory.

Later in March, Mischa Nee ’20 died in a hiking accident after becoming separated from a group of other Stanford undergraduates in Mallorca, Spain.

Following Nore’s death, family spokesperson Mr Joseph Maswan said some family members had travelled to the US to establish the circumstances surrounding Ms Borus’ death.

Ms Borus, who sat for her KCSE in Precious Blood Riruta, emerged the best girl in Nairobi County in the 2013 KCSE results.

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Below is the campuswide leter sent out by the Provost:

Dear campus community members,

I am writing, on behalf of the President and Provost, with terrible news to convey on this Commencement Weekend. We have lost another member of our student community.

Police this afternoon have confirmed the death of an undergraduate coterm student who was found in a residence on campus. The police have told us there is no ongoing safety threat to the campus community.

It is difficult for me to convey the depth of anguish I feel, and I know many of you will feel, at this news. It is impossibly challenging to comprehend the death of another student at Stanford this year.

We have been in touch with the student’s family this afternoon. While we are working to understand the family’s wishes, we are not in a position to share the identity of the student. We also will be reaching out to friends and colleagues of the student to offer support and care, now and over time.

I want to urge all of you, as well, to reach out for support. Many students are in the process of traveling home or elsewhere for the summer right now. Even if you are off-campus, I encourage you to contact one of the campus-based resources listed below:

  • Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for students 24/7 at (650) 723-3785 and https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now. Students who are off-campus and traveling can still contact CAPS as a resource, as well as this national number for free and confidential emotional support: (800) 273-8255 and https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
  • The Graduate Life Office is available 24/7 at (650) 723-7288, pager ID number 25085, and during office hours at (650) 736-7078.
  • The Office for Religious Life offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance and can be reached at (650) 723-1762.
  • Residence Deans (RDs) are available to help undergraduates navigate support and resources during this difficult time. An on-call RD is available 24/7 at (650) 504-8022, and RDs also can be reached through this web page: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/residence-deans/find-your-rd.
  • The Faculty Staff Help Center offers confidential assistance for faculty and staff. More information is available at https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center.

I am profoundly grieved to have to share this news, particularly in the wake of the deaths of multiple members of our campus community this year. I wanted to share the news as soon as possible, recognizing that there is clearly a need for greater conversation. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

At this moment in the year, many of us are dispersed around the globe. However, our sense of community travels with us wherever we go. I hope you will reach out to each other to extend care and support, and we at the university are here for you, as well.

Sincerely,

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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Two lesbians arrested in Thika while making out in public

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Drama unfolded in Thika town when two suspected lesbians were on Saturday frog marched by an angry mob to the local police station.

The two angered members of the public when they were spotted kissing passionately publicly outside Thika Arcade.

“They were kissing here as people watched, members of the public became angry and took them to the station,” Ms Lucy Wambui, a resident, said.

In a shocking revelation, the two told the police that they are in a relationship where the younger girl was the wife of the older one.

The younger girl lives in Thika and is a student at a local college while the older one lives in Karen, Nairobi.

The incident comes just a few weeks after the Kenyan High Court declared gay sex illegal in Kenya.

The case was filed in court in 2016 by three Kenyan gay rights organisations asking judges to declare section 162 (a) and (c) and section 165 of the Penal Code unconstitutional.

Source:nairobinews

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