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‘I’ve lost everything’: Lawyer in son’s fatal shooting speaks out

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He says he loved his son and there is nothing more to lose

Weary, lonely, and confused, city lawyer Assa Nyakundi sat inside his hospital room yesterday, waiting, as he has done for the past one month, for his date with destiny over the shooting of his son in a Nairobi suburb.

Admitted to the hospital after complaining of high blood pressure soon after the incident slightly over a month ago, Mr Nyakundi is on round-the-clock police guard at Nairobi Hospital.

Every visitor to his room at Ward LMF on the third floor is screened, perhaps for security purposes, but it is the gravity of the matter facing him that could sink him.

And he appears to have finally realised that, no matter how long he stays in his hospital bed, the police officer outside his room will wait for him.

“I have never been to a police cell, but if they take me to prison, it will not be worse than losing my son in the way it happened,” he told the Nation yesterday at the hospital, in his first interview since the fatal incident. “There is nothing more to lose at this point. I have lost everything.”

Two weeks ago, his son Joseph, whom he says he accidentally shot as they drove home from church, was buried in a low-key ceremony at Lang’ata Cemetery in Nairobi.

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And on Monday, detectives handed over the lawyer’s medical report to court as ordered 12 days ago by Makadara Senior Principal Magistrate Angelo Kithinji.

The police have also finally managed to record his statement after being unable to do so for weeks over his alleged medical condition.

If the police think he has a case to answer and the Makadara court, after perusing his medical report, says he is fit to stand trial, Mr Nyakundi, who has spent decades defending criminals, will now have to defend himself. The matter is scheduled to come up again in court on Wednesday next week.

“If it turns out there will be a trial, I will defend myself and my lawyers will do their bit because it was an accident,” he said yesterday. “Nothing can change that.”

But it is not just the date with justice that is giving Mr Nyakundi sleepless nights.

On the family front, differences in opinion soon after he shot his son have caused a major split. His other son Noah, whom we last saw crying uncontrollably at his brother’s graveside in Lang’ata, has never visited his father in hospital.

Assa Nyakundi’s son Joseph

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Under Abagusii customs, Joseph, an unmarried adult male, should have been buried at his father’s farm in Ngoso village, Kitutu Chache, Kisii County. It is Noah who opposed the idea, family sources said.

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During Joseph’s brief funeral service at the International Christian Church on Mombasa Road, Pastor Philip Kitoto, who presided, asked people to stop speculating about how Joseph died and let the investigative agencies do their jobs.

“Nobody knows what happened,” said the pastor. “Remember that people’s words can separate families. Instead of speculating, why can’t we take this chance to thank God for the life of Joseph,” he said.

Mr Nyakundi yesterday said he loved his son and that they were very close.

“Both of us were Arsenal fans and I was trying to teach him some golf. We were preparing to take him abroad to further his studies,” he said.

“A lot of things have been written in the media based on non-facts. Where I live is very open and the Judiciary Training College is on the road to my house, so how is it possible that the shot was fired from outside the car as people claim based on a post-mortem report they have not seen?” he asked.

In his initial statement to the police on the of day the shooting, March 17, the lawyer said he was trying to holster his firearm while in his car when he accidentally fired, shooting his 29-year-old son in the chest.

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Mr Nyakundi said he was the one driving when the incident happened. He told police that he accidentally pulled the trigger of his Glock pistol, discharging one bullet that hit his son accidentally. He then rushed him to Aga Khan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

source:Daily Nation

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ODM’s Edwin Sifuna maintains referendum will only cost Sh2 billion 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna has differed with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) budget on the impending referendum budget after it claimed that it will cost taxpayers nearly Ksh. 14 billion.

Speaking from Chungwa House, Edwin Sifuna claimed that IEBC’s projected budget was exaggerated adding that it was a way of trying to embezzle public funds.

He further added that if the budget was looked into clearly, it should not be more than Ksh. 2 billion.

“The Chickengate scandal has already taught us that what seems like overshooting the budget and wanton wastage is in fact clear manifestation of theft. We are certain that if we left the chicken out of the IEBC’s so-called budget we can deliver a referendum at a cost of no more than Sh2 billion,” Sifuna stated.

On Thursday 29 October, ODM party leader Raila Odinga issued a statement breaking down the cost of the referendum.

He stated that among countries with an established tradition of holding regular elections, the cost per voter ranges from approximately $1 to $2.

He pointed out that there is absolutely no excuse why Kenya, with a long history of holding elections, should pay more.

“In a country with government institutions including police stations, schools, national and county government offices, and government vehicles in every corner in addition to a fairly well-developed transport infrastructure, we should be able to conduct a one ballot referendum at no more than Ksh. 2 billion for 20 million voters,” Raila stated.

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Raila pointed out that the commission needs to be overhauled alleging that the reasoning alludes to schemes to rip off the country during elections.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati responded to Raila Odinga’s breakdown stating that his statement was very unfortunate, lacking objectivity and lacking understanding in the conduct of elections.

Responding to the Chebukati’s statement on Raila, Sifuna noted that his sentiments were laughable because they come from misrepresented logic.

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Kamene Goro slams Aisha Jumwa for dating married man 

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Kiss FM radio presenter Kamene Goro has lashed out at Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa for being in an affair with a married man who happens to be her bodyguard.

Speaking during her morning show which she co-hosts with renowned comedian Jalang’o, the former NRG radio presenter stated that she was disappointed with the news given that Aisha Jumwa’s bodyguard already has a wife.

Goro went on to wonder why a married man would go out of his marriage when his responsibility is to protect it.

“I am disappointed in Aisha Jumwa because the man she is dating already has a wife. My problem is that the duty to protect marriage is upon a man but most do not do that. If you wanted all sorts of ladies why get married?” she posed.

Jumwa is said to have been in an affair with her bodyguard identified as Geoffery Otieno for close to six years.

However, her co-host Jalang’o defended the sharp-tongued MP stating that the legislator has all means to know if her bodyguard was married.

He added that Geoffery’s wife knew of the affair stating that maybe the two had already officiated their union.

“Aisha Jumwa has all the instruments to know if her bodyguard is married or not. The relationship has been going on for six years so Aisha knew the guard is married, the bodyguard’s wife knew and so does everybody else. Who told you that Aisha and the bodyguard had not officiated their union?” Jalang’o asked Kamene.

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Jumwa’s relationship with Geoffery became public after the court was told of their affair during their hearing where the two were charged with murder over the death of a man in 2019.

According to a pre-bail assessment report presented to the court, Geoffrey is also married and a father of two.

Otieno has been working as Jumwa’s personal assistant and security manager since 2016.

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Zawadi Mudibo confirmed as Larry Madowo’s replacement at BBC 

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BBC Africa on Friday October 30 confirmed Zawadi Mudibo as the new Business Editor following Larry Madowo’s exit.

Through an internal memo, Newton Ndebu, BBC Africa Programmes editor, revealed Mudibo would fill the position for one year.

“Zawadi has been holding the position in an acting capacity and following a competitive process, is now confirmed to the role for the next 12 months. He is a talented and dedicated journalist, with over a decade’s experience reporting Business News in Africa.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to the BBC Africa Business leadership team who, have alongside Zawadi, led the BBC Africa business teams through a protracted leadership transition,” reads the memo in part.

Zawadi Mudibo, Claire Muthengi and Peter Wakaba led the Business team on rotation during the one-year transition period.

Last year in July, Larry Madowo took a sabbatical leave where he went to study economics at the University of Columbia.

After completing his studies, he returned to the BBC but as the US correspondent working for both TV and radio.

He could not contain his excitement on rejoining the BBC team as he took to his social media announcing his first piece would be in a Covid-19 ICU ward.

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Besides furthering his studies at the Columbia University, Madowo also won the 2020 Philip Greer Award for financial writing courtesy of his thesis on the aftermath of an e-commerce firm, Jumia’s listing on the NSE stock exchange.

His successor, Zawadi Mudibo is a successful bilingual journalist with experience in reporting news for the African audience.

Before he joined the BBC, Mudibo worked at K24TV as a deputy business editor, senior anchor and reporter.

According to reports, Madowo allegedly poached Mudibo from local TV stations to strengthen BBC Africa’s business team.

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