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Car thieves making a killing in city



Police in Nairobi are grappling with a new breed of car thieves who are just interested in harvesting vehicle parts and abandoning the shells in desolate locations in the outskirts of the city.

The thieves are targeting car parts and accessories that they are selling to garages and motorists looking for spare parts

Nairobi News has established that the new phenomena is costing motorists, insurance companies and car rental companies millions.

Rental car companies have been particularly hard hit with hundreds of newer model cars targeted.

One victim,  Abraham Munga, said he had parked his car outside the house of a friend during a visit. He returned to find a skeleton of his car. The car’s wheel caps, side mirror covers, headlights and all the doors were missing.

Mr James Onsando underwent a similar ordeal. He left home for work, and while stuck in traffic, someone approached with an offer for the break lights.

“Bro sinikutafutie hiyo taa ya nyuma halafu utanilipa kitu kidogo,” he told him.

Mr Onsando dismissed the man, assuming his break lights were still intact. But the man was persistent, prompting him to get out to check.

“I was shocked, someone had removed them so well, to date I cannot explain what really happened, but I’m sure I left my house with both break lights,” he said.

Mr Onsando exchanged phone numbers with the man who promised to get him the lights. Two hours later, he received a call and bought the lights at half price.

For Mr Josiah Ondieki, city motorists are their own enemies because they allow the thieves to sell them car parts at cheap prices.

He says if motorists can dismiss such people then the business of car parts theft will reduce.

“They sell the parts cheaply after they have stolen from other genuine motorists which is not right,” he said.

source: Nairobi News

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Man drowns in Tanzania while proposing to girlfriend underwater



A man has tragically drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater during a dream holiday in Tanzania.

Steven Weber Jr. died minutes after he asked his girlfriend Kenesha Antoine to marry him this week.

The circumstances of his death are unclear but Kenesha took to Facebook on Friday to announce his death and explain she never had the chance to tell him yes.

In an emotional post that includes a video of the proposal and photos of the American couple, she said: “There are no words adequate enough to honour the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr.

“You were a bright light to everyone you encountered.

“You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!”.”

Steven Weber Jr. died while proposing to his girlfriend Kenesha Antoine underwater [Photo: Facebook]

The video shows Steven swimming underwater and holding a zipper storage bag with a handwritten note inside.

One side reads: “I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you.

“But everything I love about you I love more every day!'”

He then shows the other side where he asks Kenesha to marry him before producing a ring.

Kenesha, an attorney, is heard laughing in the background.

Kenesha Antoine with late partner Steven Weber Jr. [Photo: Facebook]

Paying tribute to her late partner, Kenesha also wrote: “Just a couple days before you died, you said to me, “I’ve seen a few cancer patients on this trip, and it dawned on me that this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that people want to experience before they die.

“And here we are in the prime of our lives doing this. We are so blessed.

“Yes, we were, my perfect love, my angel, my soul.

“Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever.

“I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next… I love you so much, and I always will.”

The post has been liked more than 1,700 times with friends and strangers offering their condolences.

Kenesha described Steven as ‘her angel’ [Photo: Facebook]

One said: “Steven is the truest friend one can ever know and love.

“My deepest condolences to you, I can’t express how much my and this world lost with this news.

“Thank you for being an angel with him, this is still impossible to comprehend.

Another posted: “I don’t know you guys but you will be in my thoughts in prayers and from the pictures he was an amazing person and loved you very much!!

“I pray you find comfort and peace!

“He will always be a part of you! My condolences to you and the entire family.”

According to Steven’s Facebook page, he worked at an addiction centre in Lousiana.

The US State Department is reportedly aware of Steven’s death


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Revealed: Cohen’s widow won’t get a coin of his money



The late Dutch businessman Tob Cohen did not leave any property or cash to his widow Sarah Wairimu according to the Will opened yesterday, Saturday Standard can reveal. Cohen, bequeathed his property estimated to be worth Sh700 million, which includes the Kitusuru home, cash and shareholding of his companies to his sister, brother, and children of his sister.

In a dramatic shift to the unraveling drama, Wairimu will not get a single coin from the slain husband. The Will was made in April at the height of their divorce and is said to have revoked any other Will done before that.


Highly placed sources familiar with the Will, which was read yesterday said Cohen’s sister Gabrielle Straten has been bequeathed 50 per cent of the Kitisuru home.The remaining 50 per cent has been shared out between Gabrille’s two children.Each child will receive 25 per cent of the value of the home estimated to be Sh400 million. All the shares held by Cohen in his companies which include a tour firm Cohen Tours will be taken over by Gabrielle.

She will also take over Sh100 million cash in local and international banks. The brother, Bernard has been gifted Sh50 million in a Dutch bank.The content of the Will unfurled by lawyer Kirundi Chege proved a bitter pill for Wairimu who immediately declared to challenge it in court. Her lawyer Philip Murgor promised a “battle royale” to invalidate its contents in so far as it dispossessed her.

“If our rights to the matrimonial home are in any way affected, we will fight all the way to the Supreme Court,” Murgor said.A Dutch newspaper had last week claimed that Gabrielle and Bernard were the major beneficiaries of Cohen’s estate. The paper claimed Cohen had bequeathed his siblings the Sh400 million property in the leafy suburb of Kitisuru.

The opening of Cohen’s Will yesterday also came with other surprises. Among them is the acclaimed billionaire status of the man. Besides the asset portfolio in the Will amounting to around Sh500 million, some creditors were swirling around Kirundu’s law firm.Among them are two politicians, both friends of the late Cohen. They claim he owed them at least Sh35 million.Yesterday, Murgor said Wairimu was entitled to the matrimonial home and that any attempts to hand over the property to any other person would be challenged in court.

Murgor said his client was also entitled to a share of the proceeds of the company’s monies as she was also a shareholder.“A Will is not cast on stone. This is a battle royale that is shaping up,” Murgor said.At the Bruce House offices of lawyer Kirundi, Gabrielle and the brother Bernard declined to share with the media the contents of the Will. Wairimu’s side did not attend the ceremony.Not tampered withThe lawyer also despite being hard-pressed by journalists, declined to reveal details such as when the Will was drawn. He insisted that the Will had not been tampered with as claimed by Murgor.“This Will has not leaked to any person since it was sealed, I want to confirm that any allegation that the Will has been leaked is not true,” he said.Journalists sought to know from either Kirundi or Cohen’s family why they had shared information of the Will with the Dutch newspaper.

They both declined to comment.“Whoever has been writing has not quoted this law firm as having released any information,” said Kirundi.Murgor, on the other hand, maintained that the reading of the Will was flawed and explained that this was the reason why he gave yesterday’s opening of the seal a wide berth.Lawyer Cliff Ombeta who is representing the Cohen family was present.

Ombeta, in his address to journalists at the offices of Kirundi and Co-advocates, said they had invited Murgor to witness as the Will was read to the family.

He said the decision by Murgor not to attend the event was a sign that the Will would be challenged in court.“If he (Murgor) has an issue with the Will, let him challenge it at a later date,” said Ombeta.Among those who witnessed the unsealing of the Will were Cohen’s sister Gabrielle and brother Bernard who are said to be the major beneficiaries.Former Gatundu North MP Patrick Muiruri was also present.

The Cohen murder probe has received international attention since the day he went missing until last Friday when DCI chief George Kinoti announced the recovery of the body in an underground water tank in his Kitisuru home.Gabrielle will not attend the burial of his brother as she left the country last evening. Bernard has stayed behind to witness the final rites of his elder brother.


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Crash victim dies pleading with medics to treat her



An unidentified woman in Vihiga County died after spending minutes pleading with hospital staff to attend to her, bringing to light the country’s poor emergency response system. In a chilling two-minute video, the woman’s last moments are documented as she, in a frail voice, pleads with hospital staff nearby to treat her injuries from a motorcycle accident.

The woman, whose video clip has gone viral on social media, was involved in a boda boda accident and rushed to a private facility by Good Samaritans.

“Help me, please, I will die,” the woman desperately cried for help in the video, writhing in pain as she lay on the hospital’s waiting bay. At one point, the voice of person who took her to hospital can be heard rising above the woman’s cries, asking for help, none of which was forthcoming.

“Can’t you perform first-aid on her, doctor,” the voice asks. A man alleged to be a hospital attendant is heard questioning who the woman is before he can admit her. “She was in a motorbike accident, we just picked her and brought her here,” the male voice responds. The heavily-bleeding injured woman is heard interrupting the two, asking for a referral to Mbale Hospital, insisting she would die if no action was taken.

“This discussion will not help… Take me to Mbale please. Please take me to Mbale… Take me to Mbale General Hospital, my mother will pay,” she pleaded.She was reportedly taken to Vihiga Referral Hospital, but doctors could not do much. Moments later, she succumbed to injuries.

Yesterday, Vihiga County Director of Communication Victor Wetende confirmed the incident, terming it unfortunate. “Indeed it is true the patient was brought to our referral hospital. She was attended to but it was too late,” Wetende said.Our efforts to trace the boda boda operator and the victim’s family were futile. The clip sparked fury online and rekindled bitter memories of lives that could have been saved if the country’s emergency response in public and private hospitals were functional.


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