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

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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.

source: standard.co.ke

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Why Amos Wako was banned from setting foot on US Soil

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The US has banned Busia Senator Amos Wako, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius from entering the country and doing business with it over corruption allegations while he was attorney-general.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo also banned Mr Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

This means that Mr Wako, wife and son will not be allowed to visit America or transact any business in that country with companies affiliated to Americans.

“Today (Monday), the Department designates former Kenyan Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption,” said the statement that was released on Monday evening.

Mr Pompeo said the designation was made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and related programs appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the continuing appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59).

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.

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“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption.  Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system,” said Mr Pompeo

He added that the United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

Mr Wako may still be allowed onto US soil if he visits as a member of the Kenyan delegation to the UN meetings or if the UN invites him, even though his movement could be restricted.

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Standard Group journalist’s daughter scores 439 marks to top in KCPE

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Standard Group journalist Jonathan Komen’s daughter, June Cheptoo Koech, is the second-best overall student in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

June scored 439 marks out of 500 marks and was among the three candidates; Flavian Koech and Sean Michael who tied in the second position nationally. The top student this year, Michael Munyiri, scored 440 marks.

Reacting to the news, her father Komen, who has been christened The Lion by colleagues in the newsroom, said that in Cheptoo, a real lioness had been born.“They call me the lion in the newsroom, well, today I want to announce that a real lioness has been found,” said Komen.

Cheptoo sat her examination at Sangalo Central Primary in Nandi County, a public school.

Speaking to Standard Digital on phone, Komen described her daughter as an avid reader with a cool head, adding that her performance did not surprise the family having scored 446 marks in the final mock examinations.

Komen, a household name among sports journalists in the country courtesy of his nice sports stories has made the headlines, not because of an eye-catching story, but because his daughter is among the best in the country this year.

BY Standard

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Embakasi West MP George Theuri in mourning

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Embakasi West Member of Parliament George Theuri is mourning the death of his father Mzee Theuri.

Mzee Theuri passed on Monday morning.

The MP took to his social media accounts to mourn the death of his father.

“My family mourn, I can’t believe Dad you are gone; RIP Dad I celebrate you, my hero. I may try to look strong on the outside, but I am so broken,” Theuri wrote on Facebook.

His followers took the opportunity to send in their messages of condolences to the legislator.

“God gives and he takes. May he rest well,” Hon Simon Mbugua posted.

“May God comfort you and your family and may he RIP. I am sure the way you treated him per your other posts on here made his last days on earth really bright,” Grace Preety Wa Wachira commented.

“Pole sana Mheshimiwa, may God give you the strength you need at this difficult moment,” Catherine Mukunyi wrote.

“Sincere condolences bwana mheshimiwa may his soul rest in peace. It is well,” Ednah Kamau said.

“My sincere condolences to you and your family may God comfort you,” commented Berniece Mugoh.

“So sorry for the loss. May God give you and the entire family strength, peace, and grace that surpasses human understanding during this difficult time,” posted Eunice Wanjiru.

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“My condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort you as only he can. May he rest in peace,” Salome Thuo mentioned.

by NN

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