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9 held over rape of Maseno students



Detectives have arrested nine suspects accused of criminal acts against Maseno University students.

The nine are alleged to be members of a gang that has frequently been robbing with violence and gang raping students off campus in Kisumu County.

“Stolen chairs, bhang, pangas and claw bars (were) confiscated. Other suspects escaped but are being pursued by detectives,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a statement.

Students at the university have been protesting about insecurity for many years with little results.

Crimes against students in other public universities have become commonplace, with several injured or killed in attacks off campus where they usually live in private hostels.

The suspects, who the DCI said were arrested on Sunday after a tip-off are: Mr Patrick Okanda, Mr Peter Amango Sande, Mr Geoffrey Okiya Mutunga, Mr Obed Panyako, Mr Peter Obed, Mr David Ndegu, Mr Samuel Kuya, Mr Stephen Oloo and Mr Nahashon Arena.

The suspects are awaiting arraignment.

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National Treasury CS Henry Rotich, PS Kamau Thugge and other officials on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges in the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams’ scandal.

The officials are facing 24 charges among them abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud and engaging in a project without planning.Dressed in grey suits, CS Rotich in a polka-dotted yellow tie and PS Thugge in a similarly dotted maroon one appeared before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti

The prosecution team is led by Taib Ali Taib and assisted by Alexander Muteti, Victor Owiti and Emily Kamau.The defence team comprises Katwa Kigen, Kioko Kilukumi, Philip Nyachoti, Kipchumba Murkomen, Anami Mugo, Stephen Kimathi, Mahat Samane.

The officials had spent most of the morning in the cold cells of Milimani Law Court as they awaited to be arraigned over the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.The two were among the 28 officials who spent a night in police custody following yesterday’s arrest.

They include KVDA acting MD Francis Kipkech and other senior officers named in the dams scandal DPP Noordin Haji ordered their arrest following a nine-month probe into the stalled Sh65 billion dams that were to be constructed in Elgeyo Marakwet.

The Scandal

The multi-billion-shilling scandal involves the construction of two dams. Rotich first recorded a statement with the DCI over the stalled Sh65 billion dam projects in the country in February.

On March 6, the CS was again grilled for a day as investigations into the dam projects intensified.He appeared before detectives at the DCI headquarters to explain what he knew about the controversy-ridden Arror and Kimwarer dam projects.

According to insiders, the CS responded to many questions that saw him record statements of more than a dozen pages.On March 27, CSs Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), Peter Munya (East Africa and Regional Development) and Adan Mohamed (East African Community) were also questioned.Kiunjuri was appearing before the team of investigators, with sources saying he was summoned to “clarify a number of issues that had emerged”.

Kiunjuri was at the helm of the Devolution ministry when contracts awarding the construction of the Kimwarer and Arror dams in Elgeyo Marakwet to CMC Di Ravenna were signed.Wamalwa, on the other hand, was the minister for Water and Irrigation from July 2015 to January 26 last year when he was handed his current docket.

All past and current principal secretaries from the time the projects were conceptualised were also summoned and questioned.

The dams scandal, which DPP Haji termed as one of the biggest corruption cases in the country in recent times, saw Kenya enlist the help of Italy, UK and Dubai to finally crack the case and get much-needed evidence to commence prosecution.


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Photos do not prove marriage, court tells woman



Married people cannot use photographs as evidence of their union, the High Court in Embu has ruled in a dispute pitting a woman against her stepdaughter.

The pictures can only be used to tell a story about people and their interaction, Justice Florence Muchemi said on Monday.

The case involved the distribution of Mr Njeru Njagi’s estate.

It was filed by Njagi’s daughter Annete Wandia against Ms Irene Waithira, who claimed to be her stepmother.

Ms Wandia said she did not know about the relationship between her father and Ms Waithira.

While urging the court to revoke the letters of the administration of the estate issued to Ms Waithira, she maintained that the woman is not her stepmother.

Ms Wandia added that Ms Waithira did not participate in her father’s funeral arrangements and burial.

She said the circumstances surrounding the relationship between Ms Waithira and her father did not give the impression of a married couple.

Ms Wandia’s uncle Isaac Mugambi told the court that his brother’s known wife was Ms Wandia’s mother and she had died.

He, however, added that he knew Ms Waithira.

But Ms Waithira fought back, maintaining that she was married to Njagi in a traditional ceremony though she was not aware if dowry had been paid.

She produced 13 photographs taken with Njagi in her efforts to prove that she was his wife.

One of the photos was that of herself and Njagi and another was of a birthday party of her grandchild where Ms Wandia appeared to be served a cake by the child.

Ms Wandia did not explain to the court why she was at the birthday celebration.

On the claim that she did not attend Njagi’s burial, Ms Waithira tabled a photograph of her laying a wreath on the grave.

Justice Muchemi dismissed Ms Waithira’s use of the pictures to prove the marriage, though she said they demonstrated a deep interaction between Njagi and the respondent.

The court was told that Njagi took Ms Waithira as his companion in 1997 after his wife died a few years earlier.

By the time of his death, the two had cohabited for about five years, she said.

She added that they did not have children but Njagi adopted her daughter, named Rahab.

Justice Muchemi, however, said there was no customary marriage between the respondent and Njagi.

She added that there was cohabitation “whose circumstances can be presumed to be marriage”.

The judge said the parties conducted themselves in such a manner that a marriage could be presumed.

She said a long period of cohabitation may give rise to a presumption of marriage in favour of the party, as previously held by the East African Court of Appeal.

Due to the cohabitation, the court found that Ms Waithira was Njagi’s wife at the time of his death and not a stranger.

She said Ms Waithira is legally entitled to apply for a grant.

The judge ordered that a fresh grant be issued in the names of Ms Waithira and Ms Wandia.


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‘Cigarettes are my greatest addiction’ Shouts Kamene Goro



Media personality Kamene Goro has revealed that one of her biggest bedroom fetish’ is being bitten. According to the damsel, bites are a turn on.

Speaking during a session with Xtian Dela Kamene reveals

I like to be bitte

Kamene Goro
The curvy presenter spoke about various issues occurring in Kenya

Asked on what her current addiction is Kamene reveals

My current addiction is cigarettes.

Kamene went on to share that her worst bedroom experience was being given under 7 strokes.

Kibe could not understand how that could happen to such a damsel.

Ati seven strokes? kwani are you a chicken or what?

There are no men who are like that. Such guys should be tied to a pole and whipped.

By Mpasho

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