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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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DCI probes fake Facebook car dealership after businessman loses Sh200,000

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is looking for a woman who allegedly defrauded a businessman of Sh200,000 after she advertised an non-existent car on Facebook.

Loise Njeri Chumuti is wanted for allegedly conning Hussein Mohammed of the money by advertising the sale of a Toyota Vanguard on Facebook.

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Chumuti had advertised the car and claimed to be a sales agent of the fictitious Al Mahrig Auto which was selling the vehicle.

She informed Mohammed that there were few remaining cars of the type he had asked for and told him to secure a deal by starting making payments immediately.

Chumuti claimed the company’s main offices are in Mombasa but there is a Nairobi branch on Mombasa road where Mohammed could view the car after paying a reservation fee.

The trader transferred Sh100,000 from his bank to Chumuti through M-Pesa on June 10, 2020 and a similar amount on June 12, 2020 to a bank account purportedly belonging to Al Mahrig Auto at KCB.

WENT MISSING

Thereafter, Chumuti is said to have switched off her cellphone.

Mohammed later established that there is no such a company in Mombasa or Nairobi and he reported the matter to the DCI.

Corporal Joseph Kibet of DCI Embakasi offices has now obtained orders to be furnished with copies of account opening certificates for the account that received the money from Mohammed and M-Pesa statements of Chumuti’s phone number.

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Chief Magistrate Heston Nyaga of the Makadara Law Courts granted the orders.

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PHOTOS: Couple weds in hospital after groom’s accident days to union

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They say love conquers all. A Burundian couple has lived up to the adage by conducting their wedding in hospital. Charlotte Mukantwari and Gabin Ndayizigiye’s wedding plans were all finalised but days to walking down the aisle, the groom was involved in an accident.

Speaking after the wedding, the groom recalled asking himself lots of questions following the accident that left him in a wheelchair.

“After the accident, I asked myself whether the devil didn’t want me to marry. I very well knew that my wedding was set for July 4 and being an important day for us, it had to go on as planned. If we hadn’t gotten married, I would have felt like God had abandoned me,” the groom said.

Affirming her newly-wed husband’s stance, the bride said that they could not postpone the wedding hence, opted to conduct it in hospital.

“Because of my love for him, not even an accident could not make us push forward the date of our wedding,” she said.

Accident

According to Gabin, they have been dating for a long time and had vowed to live as husband and wife till death. But three days to their big day, he broke his leg after getting hit by a vehicle, rendering him unconscious.

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“When I came back to, I found myself lying in a ditch with dirty water and my leg was swollen. At the hospital, they were initially hesitant to tell Charlotte what had befallen me. When she was finally informed about my accident, she promptly came to visit,” Gabin narrated.

The groom further said that the next logical plan of action was to postpone the wedding but the bride had other plans.

“Charlotte would look at me lying on the bed, look at my broken leg and encourage me saying that if God gave me reprieve, our wedding would go on as planned. Her utterances shocked me because another woman wouldn’t want to be seen next to me,” he said.

Gabin then sought the approval of the Catholic Church to conduct the wedding in hospital and the padre accepted.  The hospital management then prepared a room for the two to exchange vows and provided a wheelchair for the groom. Despite the priest hiding the exact time of the wedding to discourage crowds, their unorthodox union attracted a large crowd of onlookers keen on witnessing the triumph of love.

“Our wedding day was great. We received blessings and exchanged rings before I was wheeled back to the ward,” concluded the groom.

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PHOTO: See Corazon Kwamboka fire baby bump in an almost nude photoshoot

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Corazon Kwamboka has never been happier than now, proudly looking forward to be a mother and hold her little one in her arms for the first time ever.

The 26-year old socialite who is expectant for Frankie Just Gym It, just recently showed off her grown baby bump to the world in tight-fitting dresses but this time, she has decided to go all in, in a nude photoshoot.

Pregnant Corazon Kwamboka

The curvaceous beauty did it African with just enough to cover her privacy but exposed enough to get a 3D of her bulging baby bump.

For her, it was time to celebrate her endometriosis journey with scars around her tummy and on her belly button that only speak of a battle well fought.

Flaunting:

Incoming hot mama. Peep my endometriosis warrior scars on my belly button and the sides of my tummy. Those are the scars from which the laparoscopic surgery were done. #endowarrior💛

Corazon Kwamboka

Well, her baby daddy, Frankie was quick to comment:

Nakitambi utawezana? 😁

And he sure met his match after the curvy lass responded:

nitawezana father Abraham

Gym instructor, Frankie Just Gym IT

Mixed reactions

Aww! Loving the vibe and the natural spark these two lovebirds were exhibiting online, fans adorably penned:

spenser____g I think the scars are cool!! Scarification is so neat too.
wainao_officiel_ This picture has really good vibes…..happiness looks good😊👍
africanfabricanddesignske Gorgeous mama. How do you make pregnancy look soo yummy? ❤️❤️
tonytheblaze congratulations ! ur quarantine paid so well ..
By Ghafla.co.ke

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