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Wambui murder: Wangui in trouble

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Detectives say call data has confirmed woman’s husband was ‘not anywhere near the scene’.

A woman believed to be the mistress of a man whose wife was killed in Nairobi two weeks ago will be charged with murder, police sources said Monday.

Ms Judy Wangui Mungai is expected be arraigned Wednesday alongside car hire businessman Michael Githae Mathenge, who reportedly confessed his role in the killing of Ms Mary Wambui, the wife of Mr Joseph Kori.

The two will appear before Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo, who had granted detectives 14 days to complete their investigations.

If convicted, they face the death penalty.

Mr Mathenge, a resident of Ruaka, runs a car hire business in the city centre.

He is said to have told the police that he never participated in the murder of Ms Wambui as Ms Mungai, whom he has known for two years, called him to her house when Ms Wambui was already dead.

He told police he helped Ms Mungai to remove Ms Wambui’s body from Ms Mungai’s house at Fourways Junction on Kiambu Road to Mugutha in Juja a few minutes past midnight.

Mr Mathenge told the police Ms Mungai had earlier in the day called him promising him a job later that night.

When he arrived at Fourways, he told police, he declined to give her a helping hand in disposing of the body. He said she blackmailed him, threatening to call security on him and implicate him in the murder. He also said he was not paid for the job.

Detectives, however, are questioning why he never drove off once they left the estate since, according to him, Ms Mungai carried the body in Ms Wambui’s car while he followed closely behind her driving a Toyota Noah.

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As detectives firm up the case against Ms Mungai and Mr Mathenge, they are waiting for a forensic report on the phone records of the victim’s husband, Mr Kori.

Sources close to the investigation said that, while Mr Mathenge confessed to how he helped Ms Mungai dispose of the body, police are treating his account with caution because Ms Mungai has not cooperated with police since investigators tore part her claims that Mr Kori murdered his wife and offered her Sh2 million for her silence.

Investigators used cell phone data and car-tracking solutions to conclude that Mr Kori was not at Fourways Junction at the time of the murder.

They say this was corroborated by the people he met in Ngong, 40 kilometres away, but they are still investigating whether he participated in the murder in other ways.

“We have not decided whether to charge him or not,” a detective who is part of the investigating team said yesterday. “We are waiting for the forensic examination report so that we can confirm if he participated in other ways. We will then decide whether to charge him or free him.”

Mr Obed Kiio, head of criminal investigations at the Juja Police Station, from where the matter is being investigated, said call data from Safaricom had confirmed that Mr Kori was “not anywhere near the scene”.

Evidence based on witness accounts and CCTV footage shows that Ms Wambui and Ms Wangui shared a hearty afternoon at Homeland Inn, off Thika Road, before leaving for Fourways Junction in Ms Wambui’s car at sunset.

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It is not clear how and why the two women decided to go to Ms Mungai’s residence, and this will be a key factor in establishing whether the murder was premeditated.

According Mr Mathenge’s account, the women started arguing over Mr Kori’s photos in the house and the logbook of an identical Mercedes Benz, which Mr Karue had apparently bought for the mistress.

A fight ensued, Mr Mathenge said, and the two wrestled over a knife, which Ms Mungai wanted to use to stab her rival, before the suspect rushed to the kitchen, grabbed a pressure cooker and hit Ms Wambui with it on the head.

The knife is part of the items that police found at Ms Wangui’s residence and forwarded for forensic examination.

The pressure cooker has not been found after it was thrown in a thicket along the Ruiru-Kiambu road.

Mr Mathenge said when Ms Wambui screamed for help, Ms Mungai suffocated her to death, dragged the body to the kitchen, and wrapped it in bedding.

A post-mortem report seen by the Nation shows that she was hit with a blunt object nine times and suffered internal bleeding to the brain.

Mr Mathenge said Ms Mungai called him around 10pm from Homeland Inn, where she was trying to get another car she had hired to dispose of the body.

Security guards refused to let her take the vehicle because she had no gate pass.

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She drove back home in Ms Wambui’s car. Mr Mathenge arrived several minutes after midnight in his Toyota Noah. They left again for Homeland Inn in his car but could not convince the guards to release the other vehicle. These movements were captured on CCTV.

They drove back to the estate, parked Mr Wambui’s car near the stairs, carried the body downstairs, and placed it in the back seat. The two then used the Kiambu-Kamiti-Ruiru road, escaped a near-detection at a roadblock at the Kamiti Junction and proceeded to dump the body at Mugutha.

While on their way back, Mr Mathenge said they stopped at Gitambaya, between Ruiru and Kiambu, where Ms Mungai threw away the pressure cooker and the bedding.

These have been taken by police as well as keys believed to be for Ms Wambui’s house, a baby car seat that had been displaced from the back seat to accommodate the body, and a black polythene bag in which the pressure cooker was wrapped.

Detectives suspect that the cooker and the carpet, which are missing, may have been later retrieved by a passer-by either for sale or for use.

Ms Wangui and Mr Mathenge then proceeded towards Githunguri through the Kirigiti-Riabai road, where they threw away a blood-stained carpet.

They abandoned Ms Wambui’s car at Kwa-Maiko trading centre, where it was recovered two days later. They arrived back in the estate at 5am in Mr Mathenge’s car.

Police have impounded five vehicles, including the two Mercedez Benz saloons, Mr Karue’s Lexus SUV, a Toyota Allion and Mr Mathenge’s Noah.

Source: Daily Nation

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KCSE candidate loses two teeth in brutal attack by prefects

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A Form Four student at Mutindwa Day Mixed Secondary School in Tharaka-Nithi County lost two teeth in an alleged brutal attack by the school head boy and four of his friends.

Ian Karani, who is recuperating at PCEA Chogoria Mission Hospital where he was admitted on Wednesday last week, told the media that the prefect and his colleagues beat him up for walking out of the dining hall with food against the school regulations.

“The head boy approached me demanding to know why I taking my food outside the dining hall and before I explained he descended on me with blows before his four friends joined him,” Karani said.

Left lying

He said after a thorough beating he was left lying on the ground with blood oozing from mouth and the nose where he was picked by teachers and rushed to the hospital.

The students said teachers lied to the hospital that he had accidentally fallen and also demanded that he should not tell the truth to avoid the matter becoming a police case.

Mr Murithi Ndubi, Karani’s father, said when he got information on what had happened to his son, he rushed to the hospital and found him at the casualty room unconscious.

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He claimed that teachers have been intimidating his son forcing him to lie that he fell so as to protect the school reputation and avoid dragging the management into police cases.

“I want justice for my son because he suffered permanent injuries at the hands of prefects and teachers don’t want the truth to come out,” said Mr Ndubi.

Indiscipline case

School principal Mr Mugambi Mitambo agreed that the boy was beaten by the school head boy and four other Form Four boys and assured that he was handling the indiscipline case appropriately.

“Karani lost his teeth while fighting with the prefect and other four boys and I’m handling the matter as an indiscipline case,” said Mr Mitambo.

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Sonko compares his extended foreign tour to Trump’s trips abroad

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who has been ‘missing’ for almost two weeks now has compared his absence to that of United States President Donald Trump.

Even as he is being investigated in numerous corruption cases, Sonko has had the time to visit several countries abroad including Dubai, Italy, France and later in the week he will be visiting South Korea.

On Tuesday, through social media, Sonko explained why he has been away, stating that all the trips he has taken are good for the city.

“In the last week starting Monday 7th October, I have been out of the country on an official tour where I visited Europe (France) Montpellier, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Asia (South Korea) to attend key note events where other major cities of the world were represented by my counterparts,” Sonko wrote Facebook.

He compared the trips to those of Trump after he took over the Oval office.

“In 2017, US President Donald Trump made several foreign trips, one from 20th to 27th May (8 Days) where he visited a number of Middle East Countries and another in November 5th to 14th (10 Days) visiting Asia, the Korea Peninsula and China. In 2018, Trump went for several foreign trips with one lasting from June 7th to 16th (9 Days) in Europe,” he explained.

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He further said that as the governor he has also made several crucial official trips to represent Nairobi City around the world in the last two years.

This he explained is because he believes it is important for him get to interact with other world city leaders and get to see or learn what they are doing differently in their respective cities.

That aside, Sonko admitted that he has been enjoying every moment of his foreign trip.

BY Nairobi News

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Nazizi exhilarated as son meets President Uhuru Kenyatta

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Last week marked eight decades since St Mary’s School, Nairobi was started and in honor of the fete, the school’s former and current students came together to celebrate.

Leading the ceremony was Saints alumni President Uhuru Kenyatta who stole the show when he turned up dressed in full school uniform.

Legendary Kenyan Hip hop artist Nazizi Hirji’s 9-year-old son Tafari Firoz who is a pupil at the institution had the privilege of meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and sharing a cake-cutting session with him.

Tafari was among a select number of students chosen to participate in the event.

An elated Nazizi took to Instagram to share her proud mama moment with her online family.

“The president of my heart @tafari_firoz got to meet the President of Kenya yesterday. The celebration was #saintsat80 and yes @uhurukenyatta is an old Saints boy. Super proud mum,” she wrote.

Nazizi’s son with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Joining the president in celebration of the school’s 80th anniversary was Citizen TV news anchor Jeff Koinange, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and business mogul Jimi Wanjigi, also alumnus of Saints.

The president was pleased with the warm welcome he got from St Mary’s students and in turn extended an invite to the learners to visit the State House for a tour as he urged for the school’s improved infrastructure.

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“Let’s put up credible framework to marshal resources to assist the school in improving libraries and other infrastructure. Institutions’ histories are kept alive by people,” said the President.

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