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How American wanted for murder of Kenyan billionaire is living lavish life in US

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An American fugitive wanted for the murder of a billionaire in Kenya is living large in Florida despite two warrants of arrest against him, the Sunday Nation can reveal.

Tomorrow, as a Mombasa court hears the case on the murder of Jimmy Paluram Jagatrum Baburam, who was found dead in a swimming pool at Medina Palms Resort in Watamu on July 26, 2015, the American suspect linked to the killing will not be present.

DROWNING

Mr Jacob Will Schmalzle, who fled Kenya after he was tipped off by a rogue investigator that he would be arrested over the murder, will probably be busy doing his sales job at Castle Church Brewing in Orlando, Florida.

In Kenya, Mr Schmalzle, 33, left behind his alleged lover and co-accused in the murder case, Ms Amina Shiraz Yakub — who is also Mr Baburam’s widow.

Officers investigating the matter suspect that Mr Baburam was murdered in a love triangle during a family vacation in the Coast where Mr Schmalzle was present.

A case was filed against the duo a year after Mr Baburam was murdered.

Postmortem results showed that he died as a result of drowning and chronic kidney disease. Mr Baburam also had cerebral oedema, which is an accumulation of fluid in spaces inside and outside the brain cells.

Ms Yakub is out on a Sh10 million bond with two sureties of the same amount. In her bail terms, she was ordered to report to Gigiri Police Station in Nairobi once every week until the end of the trial. However, Mr Richard Mungwai the OCPD Gigiri said “no officer is aware of such a lady reporting”.

ONLINE SEARCH

Kenyan authorities had indicated they had issued an international warrant of arrest against the fugitive, but Interpol told the Sunday Nation they were not aware of any such request. It took us just a few days to track down Mr Schmalzle using information from a US-based anonymous source, publicly available personal data held by American authorities, online search tools and social media posts.

Mr Schmalzle currently lives in a Sh30 million luxury home which stands on a 0.28-acre land in Hunter Isle Drive, Orlando. The property is registered in the name of his father Mr Robert Schmalzle who is a pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kissimmee, Florida.

A source in the USA told the Sunday Nation that the fugitive is a known golfer and also plays key roles in the Lutheran church in Florida.

In August 24, 2015 — just a month after the death of her husband — Ms Yakub was part of the 250 guests who witnessed the suspect’s brother, Aaron and Ms Joelle Palzer walk down the aisle at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Florida.

Mr Schmalzle first came to Kenya in 1998 when he was 12, arriving with his parents and siblings. Their mission? To spread Christianity through the Lutheran Church of Kenya.

He would later leave for the US where he went to further his studies but later returned in 2007 after he graduated from Wittenberg University.

EXTRADITION

He was previously associated with various companies, including Eco Pallets Kenya Limited, Village Markets of Africa and Dr Bones. A company registry search this week indicated the files were not immediately available.

In a magazine published on October 11, 2012 by the Central States Syroid Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mr Schmalzle described the Village Markets of Africa as a Lutheran fair trade organisation that “brings handmade crafts from developing countries across the world to the USA.”

Dr Bones was a company that used to deliver dog food within Nairobi. Ms Yakub is associated with Very Impawtant Pets (VIP) Spa Limited. The two are said to have initially had work-related meetings.

When the Sunday Nation called VIP company, which is based along Kitusuru Road in Nairobi and deals with providing care for pets, an official who picked the call said Ms Yakub was no longer a director.

However, records at the registrar of companies accessed on Friday list Ms Yakub as a director.

The first arrest warrant against the American was issued on December 8, 2016 by the Mombasa High Court but it was too late because the suspect had already fled to America.

The warrant was issued by Judge Asenath Ongeri after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said that without the warrant of arrest it could not commence extradition proceedings.

Again, on March 2, 2017, a second warrant of arrest was issued against Mr Schmalzle by the Malindi Chief Margistrate Julie Oseko.

HIGHEST PRIORITY

Investigations further revealed that Mr Schmalzle’s exit from the country was not without drama.

A video clip that is loaded on YouTube shows how Mr David Jagatram, a retired brigadier who is the late Baburam’s father, followed him to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and caused a fracas that saw Mr Mr Schmalzle’s departure delayed.

Mr Schmalzle filed a complaint at the JKIA police station claiming assault. He told the police that he was hit with a walking stick and had his complaint recorded as OB number 13/18/5/2016.

The late Baburam’s family through their lawyer Maru Nishit said that all they were interested to find out was the circumstances that led to the death of their kin.

“All the family is interested in is to find out what caused the death of Mr Baburam, that is all,” the lawyer said.

The legal pact between Kenya and America allows for extradition if one is accused of murder or manslaughter in either country. It is, however, not clear why Mr Schmalzle remains a free man in Florida despite the warrants.

The American Embassy this week said that no one was above the law and that the protection and assistance of American citizens in Kenya was its highest priority.

source:nation.co.ke

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Intelligent Water Fountain Takes shape at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace

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As you drive into Amani Ridge the Place of Peace, you will be welcomed by a spectacular solar powered water fountain that is currently in the process of being installed.

This water feature will be an excellent landmark to look at as it greets you after a long tiring day. It is set to be decorated with live flowers and the water below will have live fish.

What’s more, the fountain will be lit at night to give it a splendid scenery for night lovers. This new feature which is being installed adjacent to the Wall of Wisdom is also surrounded by amazing landscaping and beautifully done flowers, pebbles and exotic trees. Watch this video expounding on this gated community’s architectural projections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=1s

This water feature will truly be an attraction to all the Amani Ridge the Place of Peace residents and guests alike.

Visit Amani Ridge the Place of Peace and witness and enjoy the upcoming splendid feature.

We thank one of our customer, Eng. Gabriel Ndungu, CEO Noble Parks & Pools, who has taken this assignment with so much professionalism and passion. Watch video here for more information about this mesmerizing gated community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoGdZijAbf4&feature=youtu.be

Gabriel is amongst other professionals who are at the frontline, to make Amani Ridge the Place of Peace, one of the best gated high end estate in East & Central Africa.

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How gospel artiste Holy Dave turned his cooking hobby into business

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Since the global outbreak of the coronavirus, governments around the world ordered its citizens to stay at home in effort to curb the spread of the virus.

While such directives have largely restricted normal activities for many, for some the prolonged stay indoors has aroused their creative juices.

CULINARY SKILLS

One such person is gospel artiste Holy Dave who has lately been showcasing his culinary skills to his fans online.

“I started cooking by mistake. Coronavirus came and then there I am. I’m like I wanna make a meal and I don’t have content for Instagram. So I’m like why don’t I take this one and a half-hour that I’m making this chicken and convert it into constructive time,” Holy Dave told Nairobi News.

And right there was born the idea of cooking and posting the whole process on his social media pages.

When he first baked and shared it on social media, many of his fans were surprised.

“People are wowed… that I’m a man and not a professional chef and I’m in the entertainment industry,” Holy Dave said.

His cooking skills have seen him become a topic of discussion on women Facebook pages.

FEELING THREATENED

While he’s wowing women with his cooking skills, men have not been that impressed with some even feeling threatened.

A few days ago, Holy Dave shared on his social media some screenshots of chats from his male fans who were asking him to give them a break with all his cooking.

“Eish, buda, utafanywa tuachwe sasa. Sasa Maina Kageni vile amekusifu asubuhi madam wote wataruka kwa page yako,” a fan told him after media radio presenter Maina Kageni acknowledged his skills during one of his morning shows on Classic 105 FM.

Gospel artiste Holy Dave displays one his homemade mouthwatering dishes in his kitchen. PHOTO | AMINA WAKO

And in another strange incident, a restaurant stole one of Holy Dave’s food pictures and shared it on their social media as their own.

“A fan came across some pictures that looked familiar, he alerted me, and I was shocked to find that they had actually lifted pictures from my page. I think that is the highest insult to intellectual property. Anyway, I won’t press charges. The least they would have done is employ me as their master chef,” Holy Dave said jokingly.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

His social media posts have attracted the attention of individuals and companies. Some have already partnered with him while more are in talks with the Financial Modelling expert.

“We already have partners on board, and we are holding a discussion with many others,” he told Nairobi News.

Fans, on their part, have asked the artiste to start a cookery show on TV.

The artiste is however not receptive to this idea, saying he’s not sure the TV show is the way to go.

What he is sure of is that what he started on Instagram will be something big as he is in consultation with his advisory team.

“I’m consulting my team to see where to take this because I’m a business mind and I see an opportunity in everything that comes my way. But there are also risks involved and I’m trying to calculate the risks and see if I can probably invest in something,” he said.

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Tour driver collapses and dies while driving inside Nairobi National Park

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A tour van driver on Sunday morning collapsed and died inside the Nairobi National Park while he was on duty.

A statement by the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) revealed that the driver collapsed while on the steering wheel occasioning the van to veer off the road.

“The Nairobi National park management swiftly acted to secure the safety of the occupants and immediately calling for the assistance of a medical doctor. Unfortunately, when the doctor arrived he pronounced the driver dead,” KWS said in the statement.

The matter was then reported to the Lang’ata Police Station and the police have already launched investigations into the matter.

KWS said that it has informed the tour company which the driver worked for and they are planning to inform his family.

“KWS condoles with the bereaved family and wishes them fortitude during this difficult time,” KWS said.

KWS further assured members of the public and tourists visiting the park of their safety and that all precautionary measures have been put to place to ensure that they are safe.

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