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Revealed: Graphic details of how city lawyer and his four friends were killed



It took 50 bullets to stop a city lawyer and four of his friends after a dramatic chase by police on Tuesday evening in Juja.

The highway car chase and the force of violence have left relatives shell-shocked, and the legal fraternity demanding answers on the circumstances surrounding the killings and the motive.

Last Thursday, when government pathologist Peter Ndegwa conducted an autopsy on Jeremiah Kinyua Meeme’s body, it emerged that he had been shot seven times in the mouth, eye, head and stomach.Another victim, 26-year-old Ian Collins Ojuok, had 18 bullets in his body while a third man had one bullet.

The Volkswagen Tuareg car the lawyer and his five friends were driving in is extensively damaged. The driver’s side had more than 30 bullet holes while all its widows on the right were shattered. It is currently parked at Juja Police Station.

Yesterday, witnesses contradicted police version of events as they told of a chase by police in three vehicles before the lead car rammed the back of a stationary lorry packed at the exit of Lexo Petrol station.

A police report stated, “Today, 12/3/2019 1930 hours, police officers received information of an intended robbery at Lexo Petrol Station. The six robbers on board a Tuareg Volkswagen alighted brandishing an AK 47.

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Police challenged them but they defied. They were overpowered and five of them were fatally shot. One armed with an AK 47 escaped.”Martin Kagoni, a witness, recounts how three police cars came pursuing the car amid thunderous gunfire.

“The gunshots were emanating from the railway, about a kilometre away. When the vehicles reached the petrol station, the one in front hit a lorry which had been packed by the road. The lorry was pushed by the car over several metres,” says Kagoni.

All this time, the police were shooting at the occupants of the car, concentrating on the driver’s side. According to Kagoni it was difficult to establish whether the targets in the car were firing back.“I saw one man dash from the passengers side and he was pursued by some men who were wielding guns. They asked us where he had run to. They gave chase for a few moments and then returned to the car which was now stationary,” says Kagoni.

According to the witness, some officers returned to the car where after sensing some movements opened a new volley of gunfire. Then everything went silent.

Although the police indicated that they had gunned down five suspected thugs, by yesterday Sunday Standard had only managed to identify three of the people killed.

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The third man, Amos Ngugi, was Meeme’s client as he had a criminal case in Embu.According to Meeme’s wife, Margaret, her husband was fetched from their home at Harambee Sacco estate in Donholm, Nairobi, at 10.22am on Tuesday by Ngugi who was driving the Volkswagen.

“I was not there when he was picked up but from the description I got, he was picked up by Amos. The details of the car were recorded at the gate of the estate. Amos was facing a robbery case in Embu and my husband was assisting him,” said Margaret.

She was called by Lucy, Ngugi’s wife, the following day and informed of the unfolding tragedy.On the day Meeme was shot, 12 lawyers rushed to City Mortuary after a tip-off by a friend where they saw the bloody remains.Jane Odiya, who described Meeme as an ex-partner in Odiya and Company Advocates, said she was among the first people to be notified about the shooting and she informed the family.

“Meeme was once my associate and we were friends even after he left the law firm. I have grown with him. He stopped practising two years ago. He had grown into a very intelligent advocate who would go to dangerous places to represent his clients,” said Odiya.

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When asked whether she knew that Meeme had not renewed his practising certificate in the last two years, Odiya said she had been paying for him when they were together.

Another lawyer, Samuel Thuku, said in 2016, he represented Meeme in a criminal case where he was charged with fraud after a client Meeme was representing, sold non-existent land for Sh5 million.

According to Thuku, the slain lawyer was to appear at Milimani law courts on Wednesday for another criminal case but he did not make it.Ian OJuok, who took 18 bullets, was a very close friend of Meeme’s and was described as an enterprising businessman who specialised in purchase and sale of land and vehicles.


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VIDEO: We are about to reopen our economy, says President Kenyatta



This  exclusive interview with Nation Media Group’s Editorial Director Mutuma Mathiu aired on NTV Kenya at 7.30pm on Sunday.

“The economic and financial shocks associated with Covid-19 such as disruptions to industrial production and supply chains, falling commodity prices, financial market volatility and rising insecurity have derailed the already tepid economic growth and development,” the President said.

To address the socioeconomic challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, President Kenyatta said the global community needs to focus on the implementation of the United Nations Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Watch the Head of State as he articulates his agenda for the country.

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Kenyan scientist Muthoni Masinde created an app that predicts droughts



An app is combining weather station data with the traditional knowledge of African farmers to predict droughts.

To help prepare farmers for the effects of climate change, Kenyan computer scientist Muthoni Masinde has created mobile platform ITIKI.

The name stands for Information Technology and Indigenous Knowledge, and the platform sends farmers drought forecasts via an app or SMS message.

Although it uses meteorological data, Masinde says most African farmers can better relate to the traditional knowledge that is also used to formulate the platform’s predictions.

“I grew up in a [Kenyan] village and I noticed that most farmers do not have any form of science to tell [them] when to plant,” Masinde told CNN Business.

“They watch insects, they watch the behavior of animals and then they make a decision, ‘I think it’ll rain in two weeks’ time.’”

ITIKI employs young people in farming communities to gather photos and updates about animal behavior and local vegetation, such as which trees are flowering.

They capture their findings on the ITIKI app, and ITIKI collates this information with data from local weather stations to model weather patterns months in advance.

Farmers can subscribe to the service for just a few cents, and receive regular updates in their local language, helping them make early decisions about which crops they should grow and whether to sell or save their produce.

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Economic impact of drought

Many African countries are especially vulnerable to climate change and small-scale farmers in particular, who rely on rainfall for their harvests, could face poverty and food insecurity, according to UN climate experts.

That could have major economic repercussions. Agriculture contributes about 15% to Africa’s total GDP, according to a 2017 UN report, and accounts for around half of the continent’s employment, according to the African Development Bank.

Now a professor at the Central University of Technology Free State, in South Africa, Masinde launched the app in 2016 in Kenya, where agriculture makes up around a third of GDP.

“Investments in climate adaptation solutions, especially targeting small scale farmers, would lead to GDP growth [in Africa],” said Masinde.

She added that African governments tend to react to drought and extreme weather, rather than proactively planning for these events.

“We do not prepare for [drought],” she said. “It’s like we just wake up and discover that people in rural Kenya are starving, that people on one side of the country have no rain.”

Masinde says ITIKI is now used by more than 15,000 farmers in Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa. Since farmers started using the app their crop yields have increased by an average of 11%, according to Masinde.

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ITIKI has received $750,000 in funding from the US and South African governments, which will be used to scale up operations. By the end of this year, Masinde hopes to have signed up over 100,000 farmers to the platform.

BY Citizen

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Crucial lessons Kenyans can learn from Alex Mwakideu’s cheating scandal



As you may or may not know, a few days ago, popular YouTuber and blogger Edgar Obare exposed the philandering ways of Milele FM radio presenter Alex Mwakideu.

Obare, who is known to expose public figures, shared Instagram screenshots that showed Mwakideu arranging for a meet up with his alleged side chic – Irene Barungi – so that they can do the nasty.

Irene Barungi with Alex Mwakideu

Irene Barungi with Alex Mwakideu

In the leaked conversations, the two are seen referring to each other as ‘babe’ before the media personality asks for a teaser of what awaits him.

When the scandal broke out, many people, including myself, expected Mwakideu to come out guns blazing and claim that the conversation is fake while pointing a finger at his detractors but none of that happened.

Instead, he opted to keep quiet and acted like he was not the talk of the town. I know this because I kept checking his social media accounts for a statement. Before we knew it, Kenyans had forgotten about the scandal.

Alex Mwakideu with his wife

Alex Mwakideu with his wife

There’s a crucial lesson that other people who are in the limelight and Kenyans in general can learn from all this and that is the fact that the more you talk about something is the more it sticks in people’s minds.

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Truth is that if Mwakideu had gone the Jalang’o way and issued a statement on his social media accounts, we would still be talking about it to date because, well, he has given us a reason to continue talking about it.

By completely avoiding the story, despite the criticism he got on social media, it died a natural death and that means that it’s up to whoever who saw the screenshots to decide if the presenter was really sleeping with his colleague.

And to be honest, it doesn’t really matter whether they are having an affair or not because they are of legal age and I believe they are not mentally incapacitated.

By Ghafla

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