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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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Waiguru’s Husband narrates how man asked him to leave his Wife

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Lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waguru’s husband has narrated an ordeal in which a man accused him of trying to snatch his wife.

On his Facebook account, Waiganjo narrated that the agitated man told him to leave his wife alone citing that he had been sending her money regularly.

“Who’s this nut I wonder? His evidence? He’s gone through her phone and I send MPESA to her regularly,” read part of the post.

Out of curiosity, the lawyer decided to ask for the woman’s number and ongoing through his contacts he found out she was his daughter’s hairdresser.

“Turns out she’s my two daughter’s Kenyatta Market hairdresser so of course, I M-Pesa her regularly,” he added.

Waiganjo narrated that the man was so embarrassed and apologised profusely, adding that he had saved a marriage.

Kamotho Waiganjo, a lawyer

 

“I was completely surprised. We had not been talking about formalizing our relationship so I did not expect it. We had just come from holidays and we were celebrating his birthday as we do with close friends every year, “the governor stated.

A traditional Kikuyu ceremony later followed on February 16 – two days after Valentine’s – in Kiamungo, Kirinyaga county with family and invited guests present.

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“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho commented.

Source: kenyans.co.ke

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Barclays Bank Sh14m ATM heist was an inside job – DCI Kinoti

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has confirmed that the theft of sh14 million at various Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) operated by Barclays Bank was an inside job.

According to the DCI, an initial investigation has revealed that the daring heist was executed by employees attached to the bank.

Kinoti said his team of detectives was concluding its probe in readiness to hand over the investigation file to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji’s office for prosecution of those found culpable.

“What happened at Barclays Bank is what we call constructive robbery which is a type of theft committed by employees of an organization. Look at the precision and exactly what was targeted. We are talking about a place that has CCTV cameras. However, those cameras were smeared with some substance,” he said.

On Wednesday detectives arrested a taxi driver and impounded a Probox vehicle suspected to have been used in the theft.

Five Barclays bank officials and a group of G4S security guards were earlier this week taken into custody to aid the police with the investigation.

A string of robberies in the long Easter weekend left Barclays Bank short of more than Sh14 million after four teller machines were broken into in Mutindwa, Mater Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospita and Kenya Cinema all in Nairobi County.

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BREAKING: Evans Kidero arrested again

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Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and former Chief of Staff George Wainaina have been arrested.

The arrests come following investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over irregular payment of Sh68 million by the Nairobi City County government to a law firm.

EACC has been investigating allegations of irregular payment of the money to M/S Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company Advocates.

In a press statement, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said that after reviewing the file submitted by EACC, there was enough evidence to charge Dr Kidero and others over the suspected illegal payment.

According to the DPP, the suspects will be charged with, among others, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

Source:nation.co.ke

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