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VIP security turned bullies and road hogs

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Waithira Gaitho was driving her daughter to school on Friday morning on Ngong Road in Nairobi when a Toyota Prado registration number KCM 485Y emerged from the opposite direction, driving on the wrong side of the road.

Ms Gaitho tried to swerve to save her life and her child’s. That she did but the Prado rammed into her car, damaging it.

Two besuited men with an air of self-importance disembarked, inspected the damage on both cars, got back into their car and drove away without a word.

Mother and daughter were left stranded in the middle of the road. Helpless, Ms Gaitho shared her woes on Twitter, asking Kenyans to help her identify the pair.

After images of the Prado circulated online, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions acknowledged that the vehicle belongs to the State agency.

DPP Noordin Haji instructed the police to take action against the driver involved, and promised to inform Kenyans on the progress of the matter.

The same week on Wednesday, bodyguards attached to Embakasi East MP Babu Owino engaged airport security in an ugly spat when the MP’s vehicle was found parked in an unauthorised section of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The airport guards backed down when the MP, who had gone to show solidarity with striking aviation workers, emerged from the vehicle.

This is an all too familiar occurrence. Cases of accidents where motorists are hit and pedestrians knocked down by VIP convoys are rampant in Kenya. Often, the victims do not get justice due to manipulation of evidence or lack of action against the culprits.

While motorists dread the recklessness displayed by matatu drivers, VIP security personnel are a nightmare.

Arrogant, reckless and self-important, security officers for VIPs harass other motorists by pushing them out of the road to allow their bosses quick passage. They assault other road users, often by brandishing their walkie-talkies.

Even traffic police are helpless against them, and often scamper away for their own safety when these vehicles drive by.

Motorists on Mbagathi Way, Riverside Drive and Ngong, Lang’ata, Limuru and Mombasa roads are the worst affected lot in the city. Some of the VIPs identified for road hogging are governors and their hangers- on.

Foreign diplomats and vehicles with GK registration numbers are notorious, having been captured on camera on multiple occasions

breaking traffic rules.

After Ms Gaitho’s incident went viral, motorists took to social media in hordes to narrate their ordeals in the hands of VIP security.

Rashid Jumbe, a Facebook user, said the kind of guns brandished by a certain governor’s security officers compels motorists to give way.

“I was once harassed along Donholm Road. They even pushed me off the road, scratching my car before speeding off,” narrated Michael Jaganyi.

“I tried racing them to demand compensation. One of the vehicles blocked me. The guards came out firing threats. I had to retreat,” he added.

For Willy Okumu, his woes started when he drove too closely to a Prisons Service bus at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital roundabout in Nairobi.

“The wardens came out cocking guns as though I was a criminal,” Mr Okumu said.

Cal Odongo, who has been inconvenienced several times on Limuru Road, lamented that some “senior government officials” are exempted from traffic rules. “It’s the norm if your vehicle bears a flag,” he said.

However, not all motorists are cowed into giving way.

Some like Sharon Karani and Wilson Khimario are not frightened by the VIP security escorts

Khimario said: “I once refused to give way. They came out brandishing their walkie-talkies and even roped in traffic cops. I stood my ground. They had to wait for traffic to clear.”

Ms Karani said she vowed to never give way to VIPs for as long as it’s not an emergency “whether or not they wave the walkie-talkies. They are not in ambulances.”

Source: Daily Nation

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Chebet Ronoh opens up on rare medical condition, quitting radio 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Comedian and YouTuber Deborah Chebet Ronoh has for the first time opened up on having panic attacks after getting famous, and her silent exit from NRG Radio.

Ronoh said that she was excited about her radio job but she got to a point where she felt overwhelmed and wasn’t giving it her all and so she decided to quit.

She explained that she was not mentally prepared for her fast rise to fame and this in some way led her to experiencing anxiety. whenever she was around people.

“I left Brookhouse for my radio job. I was so excited about my first job and things were so great everything was happening so fast and like everyone knew me and I didn’t actually mentally prepare myself.

“So I was on radio when I felt like I was unhappy, I felt like I didn’t really want to do it at that time in my life. It reached a point I felt I wasn’t giving it my everything and also it was a bit overwhelming for me and I started to get anxiety a lot because I didn’t know that I was known. Like I’d walk outside,” she said.

Ronoh explained that as she grew famous, and people got to know her, the more she experienced anxiety and panic attacks and this would happen even when fans said Hi to her whenever they met.

When she attended events, the comedian said she would drink herself stupid to calm herself down, in order to be comfortable around people.

“A lot of people especially older than me would stop me on the road and that began to give me anxiety. I didn’t know it was anxiety until I realized people would Hi and I panic. I just used to get a lot of anxiety, it was so bad that I would literally breathe so heavily when I go out. I used to even drink so much so that I could be comfortable around people,”

“It was so bad and I had feel like a lot of pressure from external and I lost a lot of my realest friends. A lot of people who supported and knew me before I got here. They got tired and that hit me so hard,” stated Ronoh.

According to the comedian, she quit her radio job to focus on herself as a brand which also proved difficult because she had already lost friends, and those who pretended to care and supporting her had also gone.

“When I quit my radio job, I wanted to focus on Ronoh but that was hard because a lot people were leaving me I didn’t have friends,” she said.

Ronoh noted that she felt owned by people because everything she did was criticized and this only discouraged her, and further broke her down, but all that is now in the past and she is coming back, a new Chebet Ronoh.

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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa charged with fraud

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Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa was on Tuesday charged with fraudulently selling a car worth Ksh450,000 to John Irungu Mwangi.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) said Mr Barasa pretended he was in a position to sell Mr Irungu a car.

“Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa Wekesa charged at Kajiado Law Courts with obtaining Ksh450,000 from John Irungu Mwangi pretending he was in a position to sell him a car,” the ODPP said.

Barasa was freed on a Ksh100,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to the charges.

The Kimilili MP also faced a second count of fraudulent disposition of mortgaged property.

He accused Mwangi of breaching the agreement saying the sale was made through an intermediary on a willing buyer-willing seller basis.

The MP further accused the businessman of seeking to extort him “under the guise of compensation.”

His lawyer John Khaminwa, claimed that Mwangi extorted his client “under the guise of compensation.”

“The intimidating, oppressive, unreasonable and threatening conduct and behaviour of the police officers is causing the MP to suffer untold mental anxiety with serious ramifications to his mental and physical state in complete contravention of his rights,” the lawyer said.

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Police officer who collapsed while guarding Equity Bank succumbed to heart attack, not COVID-19 – Family

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The family of the police officer who collapsed and died on the spot has revealed the deceased succumbed to a heart attack and not COVID-19 as earlier speculated.

Corporal Harrison Nkuja Gideon breathed his last after collapsing in a toilet at Equity Bank Makutano branch on Tuesday, July 21.

 

Police officer who collapsed while guarding Equity Bank succumbed to heart attack, not COVID-19 - FamilyPolice officer collapsed and died while guarding Equity Bank Makutano branch in Meru town. Photo: Daily Nation.
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The officer was laid to rest on Monday, August 3, in his home in Athiru-Gaiti in Igembe South, Meru county.

As earlier reported by TUKO.co.ke, the officer was said to be unwell in the fateful morning and had vomited before passing on.

The bank hall was cordoned off by the county COVID-19 surveillance team who picked the body after two hours due to precautions related to the spread of the virus.

 

Police officer who collapsed while guarding Equity Bank succumbed to heart attack, not COVID-19 - FamilyThe police officer was laid to rest on Monday, August 3. Photo: Officers Operations.
Source: UGC

Meru Public health director John Inanga said they were called in to collect the body as a precautionary measure since the officer’s death could not be explained.

Cases of people collapsing and dying on the spot have been on the rise, with their cause of deaths remaining a mystery.

A little over a week ago, a man in Mwihoko Estate, Githurai collapsed and died on the spot outside a cereal shop.

The deceased is said to have struggled for a moment before breathing his last leaving the residents stunned.

Similarly, on Friday, July 17, a woman who was washing clothes at Mlolongo in Machakos county also collapsed and died on the spot.

On Monday, July 20, a middle-aged man fell down and died after alighting from a matatu.

The yet to be identified man had travelled from Buruburu to Dandora before he passed away.

By Tuko.co.ke

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