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Wambui murder: Police change tune on Kori

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The mystery surrounding the murder of businesswoman Mary Wambui Kamangara has deepened after the investigating officers made an about-turn on the whereabouts of her husband at the time of the killing.

In their preliminary investigations, recounted to the media through sources on record and in confidence, the detectives said that Ms Kamangara was killed at an apartment in Fourways Junction, where husband’s mistress Judy Wangui Mungai lives, in the presence of her husband, Mr Joseph Kori Karue.

Ms Mungai and Mr Karue, who were suspected of killing her, have been in custody for a week. They appeared in court last week, but detectives were allowed to hold them until February 13, when they are expected to take their pleas.

A motorist suspected of helping dispose of Ms Kamangara’s body in a dam in Juja, Kiambu County, was also arrested on Monday.

But that narrative has changed, with police now saying Mr Karue was nowhere near the murder scene.

They also say his car was not captured on the CCTV footage from Fourways Junction that they have reviewed.

“Based on his mobile phone records and his car-tracking device, he (Karue) was in Ngong on the day of the murder and left at 9pm, when he drove back to Roysambu. He was never at Fourways Junction,” said a detective.

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Yesterday, Mr Obed Kiio, the DCIO at the Juja Police Station, where the matter is being investigated, told the Nation that call data obtained from Safaricom indicated that Mr Karue was “not anywhere near the scene”.

However, Mr Kiio said detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the phone and the car were being controlled by a third party at the time to create an alibi for Mr Karue, adding that investigations were still going on.

Last Friday, the detectives, led by Mr Kiio and accompanied by Mr Karue, conducted a “field investigation”.

A detective explained that it involved combing the areas of interest, including corroborating evidence from people Mr Karue said he was with in Ngong that day.

A day after Ms Kamangara’s body was found, police sources said that she and Ms Mungai had gone to the latter’s home at around 5pm, a fact captured on CCTV.

In the house, police said, the two women found Mr Karue relaxing. His pictures were hanging on the wall. A scuffle ensued, and Ms Kamangara was fatally hurt with what police said was Mr Karue’s licensed gun.

A post-mortem conducted last Thursday revealed that she was clobbered with a blunt object before she was suffocated.

This version was confirmed by a senior detective at the Juja Police Station, who said Ms Mungai had said that Mr Karue was at the murder scene on Saturday night.

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He added that she had claimed that Mr Karue had offered her Sh2 million in exchange for silence over the murder.

Until police clear the air on how they gathered evidence on Mr Kamangara’s last moments and where Mr Karue was, many are likely to question the credibility of their investigations.

At around 9pm, Mr Karue is said to have called his parents in Mweiga, Nyeri County, to inform them that Ms Kamangara was missing, before sending another message that she had been kidnapped.

His parents dutifully passed on the information to his in-laws in Kandutura, Nakuru County.

But the question now is, if Mr Karue last saw his wife at 11am on the fateful day, and that she told him that afternoon that she was with Ms Mungai, as he told detectives, how did he know she had been kidnapped just minutes after returning to Roysambu? And what prompted him to call his parents to tell them his wife was missing?

“He said that when he realised that his wife and his mistress were together, he was so shocked that he didn’t talk much with the wife. When he returned home later in the night, she was not there and did not show until the following morning, when he saw the Facebook post,” Mr Kiio said yesterday.

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The Facebook post was about a woman whose body had been retrieved from a dam in Juja.

Mr Karue told police he was drawn to the photo by the clothes on the woman’s body because they resembled his wife’s.

He was arrested and led police to Fourways Junction, where his wife’s blood-stained clothes were found.

CCTV footage taken from Fourways Junction shows Ms Kamangara and Ms Mungai entering the estate at 6:24pm in the former’s car, a white Mercedes Benz saloon. The estate gate is manned by security guards 24 hours a day, and all visitors are required to notify their hosts or register their names and leave an identification document.

But the car left the estate at 21:57 with one occupant, a woman detectives believe was Ms Mungai.

Then, at about 11pm, police said, she returned to the estate in a different car.

Yesterday, Ms Kamangara’s family said she will be buried at Mr Karue’s rural home in Mweiga, according to Kikuyu customs. Ms Kamangara’s sister, Ms Esther Kamangara, said burial arrangements had been put on hold until Mr Karue is released.

The case will be mentioned on February 13.

Source: Nairobi News

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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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Blonde Dj Mo caught using iPhone while marketing Oppo

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The concept of an “influencer” is pretty clear; “an individual who can reach many people through various communication channels and can therefore, potentially, influence them to like or dislike, adopt, buy or skip buying, products and services”.

Samuel Muraya, popularly known as Dj Mo, broke the code by going the opposite while influencing for and endorsing the latest Oppo smartphone F11 launched this week.

The gospel Dj sent out several tweets to describe how he likes the latest Oppo gadget while using an iPhone which is a rival product.

Kenyans online, who never miss the opportunity to poke fun at an online gaffe, took notice before Dj Mo could delete the tweets.

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Using celebrity influencers has become the new form of marketing. It is believed that their fans are likely to use a brand that their “idols” are associated with.

Mr Muraya is not the first person to make such a blunder.

American media mogul and former talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey once sent shares of Windows tumbling down after she used an iPad to promote Windows Surface tablet.

Another influencer Luka Sabbat was sued last year for failing to live up to an agreement to promote Snap Spectacles on his Instagram account.

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The company filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court, alleging that Sabbat breached his agreement to post three Instagram stories and one post to his Instagram feed in which he would be wearing the spectacles.

While in Nigeria, renowned tech YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) Samsung Nigeria was forced to deactivate their verified account after he posted from an iPhone.

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, who doubled as Samsung’s brand ambassador was also sued after she was photographed using an iPhone X during a TV interview instead of a Samsung.

source:nairobinews

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