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One-sided love that caused Wangechi her life



The Sh14,000 he sent her for a birthday party could have been the last straw that led Mr Naftali Njahi Kinuthia to kill the woman of his dreams.

Speaking to detectives on Wednesday, Mr Kinuthia said he was angered by Ms Ivy Wangechi’s adamant refusal to be his girlfriend, although he had sent her money on several occasions.

Speaking at the High Dependency Unit at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) where he was admitted after he was attacked by the public after killing her, he said he sent Ms Wangechi Sh14,000 last week for her birthday party, which should have been held on Wednesday.

“He said he was angry that she continued to ignore his calls, saying it was not the first time he was sending her money, and that he was not happy to be denied a chance to celebrate her birthday,” said Eldoret East Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer Ali Kingi.

Mr Kingi said Mr Kinuthia pestered Ms Wangechi for a meeting but she was reluctant and at some point switched off her phone.

“He said he felt disrespected after all the love he had shown her and decided to go and buy an axe in town and sharpen it as he prepared to attack her,” added Mr Kingi.

He then monitored her movements before striking at around 10.30am on Tuesday.

Eldoret East OCPD Lucy Kananu said: “He attacked her from the back and then descended on her, killing her. The axe was so sharp and heavy she did not have any chance of survival,” said Ms Kananu.

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The detectives also confiscated some drugs found in his car for testing to ascertain what they were and whether he had taken them before attacking Ms Wangechi.

The two, who were childhood friends, grew up in the same area and went to the same primary school.

Their parents, who know each other well, arrived in Eldoret on Wednesday to follow-up on the matter but refused to comment.

But detectives said the parents said they were aware of the friendship between Ms Wangechi and Mr Kinuthia.

Ms Wangechi, who joined university in 2012, was due to graduate this year with a bachelor’s degree in medicine.

The former Alliance Girls High School student scored straight As in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, earning herself easy admission to study medicine, which was her first choice.

The Dean of the School of Medicine, Prof Lukoye Atwoli, on Wednesday described Ms Wangechi as a good, hardworking student who was progressing well in her final year.

“She was an A student. She was hardworking. We normally rate our students as either pass or fail and Wangechi was doing well,” he said.

He also urged people to stop spreading rumours about her and appealed to them to be considerate to her family and her friends.

“I would like to tell people who are writing and sharing those lies about her to stop. We are urging people to be sensitive to her family, her friends and those close to her,” Prof Atwoli told the Nation.

Former classmates of Ivy Wangechi, who was killed in Eldoret on Tuesday, hold a vigil at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on April 10, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Her classmates who spoke to the Nation on Wednesday painted a picture of a student who was serious about her studies and was keen to graduate and become a doctor.

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Away from class, the ever-jovial woman liked socialising with colleagues and was open with them.

One of her close friends said she was not the kind of person to keep a problem to herself.

“She was our classmate. She was beautiful and brilliant. She did quite well in school,” said Ms Vulavu Serena, the class representative.

Her friends said they were shocked by the stories being spread about her on social media.

“The Wangechi we know as our classmate is sociable, considerate and always ready to listen and help. I feel sad when I see people talk so badly about her,” said Mr Rodgers Abidha, another classmate.

Another friend who requested anonymity said he enjoyed supper with Ms Wangechi a fortnight ago in a hotel in Eldoret town, and she confided in him that a man who had been stalking her had threatened to kill himself if she continued to reject his advances.

“She did not appear scared, but I told her not to dismiss such threats. I told her people who threaten to commit suicide might do something sinister before doing so,” he told the Nation.

The student said that after she told him about Mr Kinuthia’s threat, she became reclusive and started avoiding her colleagues.

“We always chatted freely and she was so lively but for the past two weeks, after she told me about the suicide threat, she became quiet and withdrawn. I would text her and she would only reply hours later, unlike before,” he said. His attempts to find out what was bothering her were fruitless.

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Before she became withdrawn, she had shared with the friend how the man had become so obsessed with her that he had travelled to Eldoret on a number of occasions to meet her.

He said Ms Wangechi told them she had refused to see Mr Kinuthia but he would wait at the gate for hours and leave without seeing her.

Mr Kinuthia is also said to have sent her money on several occasions, even after she asked him not to.

The friend said that early this year, Ms Wangechi told him that Mr Kinuthia had sent her an expensive perfume and a mobile phone with a note expressing his love for her.

“It was an expensive perfume, that is what I remember Wangechi telling me. The phone must have cost about Sh10,000,” he said.

MTRH Chief Executive Officer Wilson Aruasa said Mr Kinuthia was operated on the head to save his life after he was stoned by the public.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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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