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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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Enda honeymoon, Kenyans urge Dennis Okari after posting news update on Twitter

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NTV news anchor Dennis Okari got married on Friday 15th February in a colourful wedding ceremony to Naomi Joy and days later, it seems like he is back to work.

The secretive news anchor continued to post news on his social media platforms, attracting the attention of Kenyans who questioned as to when he would go on his honey moon.

Kenyans on twitter were on his case after he posted a news tweet a day after he got married and wondered when he would be off work to enjoy his honey moon with his wife.

 

 

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Mbagathi Hospital reveals why mother walked with dead baby for 5km

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Mbagathi Hospital has admitted that inefficiencies in its operations led to Immaculate Auma trekking to city mortuary with the body of her dead baby last week.

The hospital, however, maintained that Auma’s baby did not die at the facility but was instead pronounced dead on arrival.

Yesterday, Nairobi Health Executive Charles Kerich, who was speaking at Mbagathi, said that Auma arrived in the hospital at 9.45am with her six-month-old infant who was declared dead by a pediatric clinical officer.

According to reports by Standard Media Mr Kerich said that according to hospital policy, Auma was referred to the police to file a notification. He added that she left before the hospital could assist her to move the body.

“A nurse at the hospital offered to assist Immaculate to organise for transportation to the police station and onward to the mortuary. However, while the hospital was organising for a vehicle, the mother was discovered to have left with the body of her child,” said Kerich.

Source: Standard Media

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Kenyan woman battling cancer in US appeals for help to pay her house rent

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

A US-based Kenyan woman has touched the hearts of many with her story. Zipporah Kamau who was diagnosed with one of the most devastating forms of cancer last year and has been going through Chemotherapy in Seattle, Washington, says the doctors recently told her that she had only three days to live.

Her story is heartbreaking to say the least. In a tragic twist of fate, soon after she arrived in the US in November 2017, her son was struck by a car and died in Nairobi.

When she and her then husband attended the funeral, he passport got lost and she was forced to apply for travel documents to get back to the US.

She stayed in Atlanta, Georgia, for a while before relocating to Seattle to live with her friend, only identified as Beth. It was then that she got sick and was diagnosed with Lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Now the doctors tell her that she may need to go through dialysis as her kidneys are failing.

“I have gone through 9 rounds of Chemo and now they have told me that I have to start another round of palliative chemotherapy but I don’t think I can do it any more. My body is totally ruined by the previous round of Chemo,” she tells Jeremy Damaris of Kikuyu Diaspora TV in an interview.

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“They recently said I had only three days to live and that my kidneys are affected..but I know I can live longer than that in Jesus mighty name,” she adds.

Zipporah Kamau (Right) pictured here at an event in Kenya in 2016. PHOTO/BMJ MURIITHI

Looking emaciated and weak, she appeals to well wishers to come to her aid and help her to at least pay her house rent which has accumulated to over $4,000 as she has not done so since June last year.

“I live with a friend where I am supposed to pay $600 a month but because of my condition, I have’t been able to meet my end of the bargain for the last six months. My roommate is a very nice lady but she can only do so much,” says Zipporah as she fights off tears.

Zipporah Kamau during the interview. PHOTO/SCREEN GRAB

During the interview, she sends a message to her children back in Kenya. “Whatever happens, just know that I love you all very much,” she says, after calling each of them by name. She wishes she could pay fees for her children who are in college. “I hope to see you some day when I get stronger,” she tells them.

Photos taken in 2016 show a healthy looking  and bubbly woman compared to the recent pictures which depict a pale shadow of her former self. You may send your donation via CASHAPP.  The number is +1 253 499 3845 (Zipporah Kamau) or via MPESA at +254 718 504 548 (Jeremy Wambui)

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To get the full story, Watch the video below [in Gikuyu] courtesy of KDTV:

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