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Woman accused of killing husband to wait longer for share of vast estate



Jimmy Paluram Jagatrum Baburam, a weapons expert who supplied the Kenya Defence Forces with ammunition and related hardware, was found dead in a swimming pool at the luxurious Medina Palms Resort in Watamu on July 26, 2015.

He was a sick man. Aside from chronic kidney disease, Mr Baburam had cerebral oedema — an accumulation of fluid in spaces inside and outside the brain cells.

The former KDF supplier was due to return to South Africa for further treatment when he was found dead.

A post-mortem report showed that he died as a result of drowning and chronic kidney disease.

Mr Baburam and his family were on vacation when death struck. But his demise took a sharp twist one year later when his wife Amina Shiraz Yakub was charged with the death of her husband.

Adopted a third child

Just five days to the first anniversary of his death, Mr Baburam’s father — David Baburam Jagatram — filed a case at the Milimani High Court seeking to delay appointment of administrators and distribution of wealth.

The senior Baburam is a retired KDF officer.

Jimmy’s Will listed his wife and father as administrators. While the couple had two children, they had also adopted a third child. At the time of his death, the lastborn was in kindergarten.

Things, however, took a fresh twist three months later when Ms Yakub was charged with the murder alongside an American citizen identified as Jacob Schmalzle and Sergeant Abdi Sheikh — a Watamu-based police officer who was accused of concealing evidence to botch the murder investigation.

Ms Yakub and Sergeant Sheikh have also been separately charged with conspiracy to defeat justice, with prosecutors arguing that the police officer received a bribe to disrupt the murder probe.

Ms Yakub is out on a bond of Sh10 million but was also ordered to get two sureties of the same amount. She also has to report to Gigiri Police Station’s commanding officer once every week until the trial is complete.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had opposed Ms Yakub’s release, arguing that her frequent travel outside Kenya made her a flight risk and that she had a pending application for US citizenship.

Ms Yakub, however, held that she has never been charged with any other offence and that she attended all inquest sessions before the trial.

A petition she filed seeking to quash the murder and conspiracy charges was dismissed last July when Justice Weldon Korir ruled that there was no sign of malice by the DPP’s office in charging her with both crimes separately.

Mr Schmalzle is now a fugitive wanted by Interpol as he was charged in absentia.

The court case followed an inquest into Jimmy Baburam’s death, which was attended by both Ms Yakub and Mr Schmalzle.

Mr Jimmy Baburam was a wealthy man, but the full extent of his assets is yet to be publicly disclosed. Sh60 million that Jimmy Baburam had in cash is now part of a bitter succession feud between his father and the widow.

Last Friday, Justices Erastus Githinji, Fatuma Sichale and James Otieno-Odek refused to suspend a High Court ruling, which delayed distribution of Mr Baburam’s assets until Ms Yakub’s criminal case has been determined.

“In making the order for a third administrator, the (High Court) judge exercised her discretion in determining the best interest for the estate taking into account the existing murder charge against the applicant, the alleged bad blood between the joint administrators and their filial relationship. This court has oftentimes stated it will not interfere with the exercise of discretion by a trial court,” the appellate court judges ruled.

The ruling followed Ms Yakub’s application to allow distribution of her husband’s estate. Her father-in-law maintains that sharing should only be done after determination of the criminal case.

The ruling means the money can be deposited with an asset management firm even as Ms Yakub’s appeal and criminal trial proceed.

Last year, Senior Baburam asked the High Court to suspend execution of administration authority given to both him and Ms Yakub until the murder case is concluded.

Source: Daily Nation

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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa charged with fraud




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



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.
Source: UGC

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, 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.


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She packed her bags, quit her job in law enforcement and moved to Mexico after George Floyd’s death



Demetria Brown knew the exact moment she decided she’d had it.

She’d just watched a video of George Floyd pinned under an officer’s knee, saying he couldn’t breathe as he begged for his life. She sobbed as she played it over and over.
On June 1, a week after Floyd’s death, she quit her job as a detention officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, she sold her house, stuffed her belongings into 13 duffel bags and relocated to Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Brown, 42, is one of many African Americans leaving the United States permanently for many reasons, including racism and fear of police brutality. Her flight landed in her new hometown on June 25, a month to the day Floyd died.
“Watching that video — my heart broke and sank all at the same time,” Brown says. “That video served as my final confirmation that I was doing the best thing for my life by departing the United States of America permanently.”

It’s a phenomenon dubbed ‘Blaxit’

African Americans have been moving from the United States for years — a phenomenon dubbed “Blaxit” that’s getting renewed attention as the nation confronts its history of racism after Floyd’s death.
While there are no official statistics on how many have left the country, Black people have turned to social media to get insight from those who’ve relocated, especially to African and Caribbean nations, where some say they feel safer as part of a majority.
For Brown, following her heart and living without fear of racism meant moving to the resort town 1,200 miles from the city she’d worked as a detention officer since 2004.
She visited Mexico several times before she decided to relocate to the nation the State Department says is home to 1.5 million US citizens. That number includes US-born children who’ve returned with their Mexican parents, American retirees and digital nomads.
She calls the move the best decision she’s ever made. While Mexico is not perfect and has its own problems, she says, she’s never encountered any racism in the tourist destination made famous by the 1960s film, “The Night of the Iguana.”
“They value me as a person. My complexion feels like added value to me here and I am not afraid of the police. Can you imagine saying that?” Brown says. “I walk by police with guns in Puerto Vallarta, they smile and wave. No fear.”
She found the disparities in the US justice system exhausting
Leaving a criminal justice system frequently vilified for its treatment of minorities has been a major relief, Brown says.
African Americans make up only 13% of the US population but a majority of innocent defendants wrongfully convicted of crimes and later exonerated, according to a 2017 report from the National Registry of Exonerations. Black people are also more likely to be pulled over by police and 12 times more likely to be wrongly convicted of drug crimes than White people, according to the report compiled by three universities.
“As a detention officer, I would see kids of color being charged differently,” Brown says. “White kids would come in for crazy crimes and get off with no time and Black and Mexican kids would come in for something as simple as stealing a pack of meat and get camp time.”
While she was passionate about her career and loved her unit’s commitment to making a difference, she called the disparities exhausting.
“I saw so much bad but we did so much good,” she says. ” Despite my effort and love, I understood I someday soon couldn’t do this much longer.”
Demetria Brown received letters from the girls she worked with as a detention officer.

Still, the decision to uproot was difficult

Brown’s desire to join the criminal justice system was rooted in family trauma.
Her father was imprisoned at the California Department of Corrections most of her life. She used that experience to make a difference in her job by building relationships with the young women under her professional care and keeping up with them long after her role was over.
“I worked in the criminal justice system to prove I wasn’t like my father. I didn’t want to be a statistic. I wanted to help in ways I thought I could,” she says. “I worked with youth and approached them with love and fairness. I had so many letters, drawings and words of thanks and that made me happy. They were my reward.”
Her father was released from prison in May last year and she slowly started a journey to free herself from the criminal justice system that had imprisoned him. She visited new places — Iceland, South Africa, India and Mexico — and found a kind of acceptance she’s never experienced before, she says.
“I started traveling to see the good in the world to escape all the bad I saw at work,” she says.
For months, she flirted with the idea of a move and even visited Mexican embassies in the US to seek details on permanent residency. Then Floyd’s video emerged, and her plan to move shifted into overdrive.
But even with the urgency, it was a heart-wrenching decision. She recorded a video of herself driving to work the day she quit, wondering out loud whether she was making the right decision. She drove past a group of protesters demanding justice for Floyd and broke down.
“The protesters are my heroes. They have their foot on the necks of true justice … and they’re penetrating more deeply than anyone thought they could. They just may kill injustice,” she says.
After she quit her job and hugged her coworkers goodbye, a sense of relief washed over her.
“I walked away from my job with my … freedom of time, peace but more importantly my sanity,” she says. “Racism is something I was forced to process daily both personally and professionally.”
She’s taken up a new life as a life coach
Brown spends her days swimming in the turquoise waters, using her fledgling “Spanglish” to explore her new community and working on her business as a travel blogger and a life coach.
She recently got approved for permanent residency in Mexico, but she’s not planning to give up her American citizenship.
In the US, she has an adult son who lives in Arizona and a 16-year-old daughter who’s in Southern California with her ex-husband but plans to join her after her schooling.
“My soul is happy. My spirit is singing. My eyes are bright and I’m excited about living,” she says. “My transition into adapting to Mexico and its culture has been completely transformative in a positive way. I feel the love and respect for me here.”
Puerto Vallarta's beach in Jalisco state

Some countries rolled out the welcome mat for Black expatriates

As outrage has grown over police killings in the US, some nations have rolled out the welcome mat for African Americans who want to escape the turmoil.
And some celebrities are embracing their African ties. Grammy Award-winning American rapper, Ludacris, kicked off this year with dual citizenship from Gabon, his wife’s home country.
And last year, British actor Idris Elba accepted citizenship from his father’s native Sierra Leone.
Ghana granted citizenship to more than 120 African Americans and Caribbeans last year. The nation’s tourism minister held an event marking Floyd’s death in June, and used it as an opportunity to urge Black people to seek refuge there.
Ghana made 126 African-Americans and Caribbeans its citizens as part of Year of Return celebrations.

The West African nation has also launched a program called the Year of Return, which provides African American visitors a path to citizenship.
Under the campaign, Ghana has seen an influx of African Americans, four centuries since the first African slaves stepped on American soil.
“You do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever. You have a choice, and Africa is waiting for you,” said Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Ghana’s tourism minister.
“We continue to open our arms and invite all our brothers and sisters home. Ghana is your home. Africa is your home.”
Brown initially considered moving to an African nation, including South Africa.
However, after visiting both countries, she says, Mexico felt more like home.

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