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Slain student ‘was in a relationship with killer’



A university student who was hacked to death in Eldoret was romantically involved with a 29-year-old man suspected of killing her, a woman has claimed.

The woman, who claimed to be the suspect’s mother, told The Standard her son had on numerous occasions showed her photos of the victim, Ivy Wangechi.

Ms Wangechi was slashed to death yesterday outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Eldoret, as she walked with her friends.

“They had been in a relationship even before my son got a job and the woman joined school. He even wanted to marry her, but it seems they began having issues,” the woman said.

She added: “I have never met the lady, but he used to show me her photos on phone… but recently, he came to me saying they had parted ways, a move which I told him was in the right direction because of their relationship issues.

”The woman said her son had never shown signs of being temperamental to the extent of killing someone and she was shocked by the incident.“It is so unusual of him because he cannot do such an act. What perturbs me is that he did not share with anyone about his trip to Eldoret, yet we were with him yesterday in Nairobi at 8pm and he had not closed shop at a business where he works,” she said.

She suggested that the two might have tried to work out their differences before the incident.“He is my firstborn son and he has been working hard to earn a living. I am yet to come to terms with what he did.

His father and uncle are on their way to Eldoret to piece up details of the incident,” she said yesterday.

The suspect’s brother, a patient at MTRH, confirmed there having been a relationship between the killer and Wangechi.

“I have never met her, but my eldest brother used to speak about her saying she is in Eldoret. He had photos of them in his phone,” he claimed.

The suspect is said to have hacked Wangechi with an axe and a knife. The student succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

According to witnesses, Wangechi finished doing ward rounds at MTRH at about 10am and she left the facility in the company of her friends when the assailant accosted her from behind.

The assailant cut her on the neck using a knife and when boda boda operators who were nearby tried to intervene, he fished out an axe from a white gunny bag.

“He was smartly dressed and the sight of the axe and knife he was holding scared most of us from approaching him,” said Stanley Mutai, a resident who arrived at the scene soon after the student was attacked.

The suspect is said to have then hit Wangechi with the axe and run towards the school of dentistry.

“The public followed him, pelting him with stones, until he fell. That is when police arrived at the scene and rescued the assailant before rushing him to MTRH because he had suffered injuries on the head,” said Mr Mutai.

Students marched to Eldoret central police station.“It is a sad day for our colleagues because we have lost a final-year student who has persevered for seven years due to prolonged strike only for her life to be cut short under mysterious circumstances,” said Michael Maina, who was Wangechi’s class representative.

“The incident has exposed loopholes in our security system and our safety. We hope that we shall not witness another occurrence in future,” he added.

The suspect is said to have travelled from Thika and yesterday parked his vehicle next to the institution’s main entrance.

He went to Eldoret town using a boda boda, bought the knife and axe and concealed them in a gunny bag before heading back to MTRH.Police impounded the suspect’s car. The suspect’s brother confirmed that the car was his.

The suspect worked for a betting company.

Moi University Vice Chancellor Isaac Kosgey urged students to remain calm as police investigate.

“We have lost one of us who was attacked by an unknown individual outside the referral. We have already contacted the family,” he said. “Learn to manage relationships,” Prof Kosgey told the students.

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Victor Wanyama-sponsored students report to schools



The six students sponsored by Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama under his foundation have all reported to their respective schools.

Sammy Oriko and Landgreen Makhoha have joined Maranda School, Eva Moraa and Zawadi Tamara reported to Sironga Girls High School, Esther Achieng is in Asumbi Girls High School while Trizah Shem has enrolled in St Brigid’s High School.

The six reported to their new schools this week and Wanyama has urged them to work hard.

“I am very proud of the scholarship programme, above all I am proud of the students we selected. Looking at their results, their background and the schools they attended, you can see great potential in them. I pledge to support them as I had stated earlier, to enable them to reach their potential. It is also important to motivate them to work hard in school,” Wanyama told Nation Sport.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder formally registered the Victor Wanyama Foundation late last year and is building the foundation’s main centre in a 20-acre piece of land in Busia which will also house the Victor Wanyama Academy.

He is also supporting his former club County Bus FC and the Muthurwa Boxing Club having recently bought a 40-seater bus for the two entities.


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Man slashed to death by razor-wielding rooster during cockfight



A man died after being slashed by a razor attached to a rooster during a cock fight in India, the local media has reported.

The 55-year-old man was accidentally killed after a sharp blade tied to a rooster cut his abdomen in an incident which reportedly happened on Sunday.

The organisers tied the razor-sharp blade to the leg of the rooster, police said.

The victim, who was one of the organisers was holding the animal in his hands, waiting to release it into the arena to fight.

But the rooster struggled for freedom, and the blade fatally pierced the abdomen of the spectator, inflicting a deep wound which killed him.

In India, cockfighting is part of celebrations for Makar Sankranti, a festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya.

Makar Sankranti was this year celebrated on Wednesday, January 15.

Cockfights were outlawed in India in 1960, but remain popular in some parts of the country, according to media reports.

The contests attract a large amount of gambling activity and the high stakes encourage breeders to spend big on raising winning fowl.

Fighters groom birds in the country, feeding them protein-rich diets and giving them steroids so they grow large and can cause more damage in the cock-fighting ring.


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FULL INTERVIEW: I’m not married to Uhuru Kenyatta, says DP Ruto



“If there is respect and loyalty that can be displayed. There is no one who has displayed loyalty and respect to Uhuru than myself.”

In an interview with NTV reporter Ken Mijungu, at his Karen home in Nairobi, the DP Ruto affirmed that his relationship with the Head of State is deeper, intact and unmatched.He stated that when it comes to counting those who have stood with President Uhuru in his political career, only his wife, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta would match his efforts.

The DP who sounded emotional went on a nostalgic path to remember his first encounters with the President during the infancy of their political careers.In a coded language and hitting at the opposition politicians, the DP said that some of them who are claiming to be siding with the President have never voted or supported him in his political career.

“These people, many of them are people in NASA are people who have never voted for Uhuru Kenyatta. I knew Uhuru in 1998. The former President sent me to Mark Too. I had to persuade Mark Too to step down [so that Uhuru could be nominated to parliament],” he said.


He revealed that at the time President Uhuru conceded defeat after running for president in 2002 on KANU ticket, only three of them arrived in Serena. Close to fifty KANU members had left.

He further claimed that Amani Party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa all turned down a golden chance to team up with Uhuru in 2013, a duty he gladly embraced and they won the elections.


This comes amidst reports of a plot to use the Building Bridges Initiative to kick out the DP by giving the President powers to sack him.On Tuesday, Borabu MP Ben Momanyi told the Standard such a move was being considered in the adoption of the BBI report in a quest to establish a government of national unity.

“We have agreed to address such emerging issues by handing the president powers to sack his deputy. You cannot openly fight your boss,” said Momanyi.But in an attempt to rubbish tension, the DP during the interview said that there is nothing like a broken relationship between him and Uhuru. He branded them as media creations.He said: “I have read many headlines… ‘The marriage has died’ The bromance.”


“Uhuru Kenyatta is married to Margaret I am married to Rachel. We were elected to serve the people.”

The DP defended his stance when he publicly lashed Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho in past on separate occasions.He said some of the blames are created by his allies whom he has no powers over.“You will be surprised as to how much war I have with these people. Many times I speak after they have spoken.”Despite Tanga Tanga faction consistently reminding President Uhuru to the owner his pledge by supporting the DP’s presidential bid; Ruto maintained that there was a condition in their political pact.


“I supported Uhuru not because I wanted him to support me. I never made a claim and never made a condition,” he stated.“And I know that he is going to support the candidate of Jubilee when that time comes.”Ruto waded into the BBI debate where certain political leaders have called for the establishment of a powerful premier. He remained coy when asked his views about Uhuru taking up the role of a prime minister upon the expiry of his term.“I have never heard Uhuru Kenyatta say that he wants to extend his term. Until he pronounces it then I will take it.ICC and other casesThe Standard on January 21 established that Directorate of Criminal Investigations was reopening a case in which land was sold to Kenya Pipeline at Sh272 million in 2011.In the case, the DP and his co-accused were acquitted after the prosecution failed to prove that the two received money from Kenya Pipeline Corporation.

But according to the DP, the reopening of the case has lots of political ill motives underneath. He attributed the move to 2022 succession politics.“Every time there are succession politics there are cabals. There are those who play games to install those who can serve their interest and not people,” he said.“There was no case. If the money went to Transnational Bank and the bank has accepted that the money went to them.

Why is Ruto in court?”He sensationally claimed a police boss attached to the NIS had told him that there are plans to reopen his ICC case just to pile misery on him ahead of the 2022 poll.“You never know, maybe there will be other cases. They are looking for witnesses. My political opponents want to find ways to stop my candidature,” he said.BBI meetingThe DP remained mum and did not disclose whether he was planning to attend the BBI meeting at Mombasa’s Tononoka Grounds on Saturday.

He said he would be consulting with the president on the way forward.However, Ruto said that the planning and discussions of the events were sinister, judging from what transpired in Kisii and Kakamega meetings.He said: “BBI is not a place where you ask who to go to Mombasa. People must stop deciding for others who for BBI.

It is an open discussion.”“I have already talked to Yusuf haji and I told him that I want an opportunity to present my ideas.”He took a dig at ODM and a section of Jubilee legislators who drive the BBI meetings as he accused them of propagating division. He claimed that his support for BBI had left critics red-faced and exposed.“There were people who believed and wanted to drive a narrative that William Ruto will oppose the BBI. In fact, some of them were dazed when I support I was supporting the BBI.”

On Thursday, ODM leader Raila Odinga said that all leaders are welcome to the forum, despite the conditions given by pro-BBI legislators on Wednesday.“Everybody is welcome. We are saying that the game is for inclusion rather than exclusion. We want this to unite the people of Kenya and not to divide them,” Odinga said.Odinga said that the BBI drive is not tailored to isolate any particular community because it is a Kenyan agenda aimed to unite the country.“It will be misguided for someone to think that he can sabotage this process. This is a people process,” Odinga said.But in response, the DP lashed at Odinga saying that no one ought to set conditions on a public event, in which everyone should be welcomed. “Kwani BBI ni yako? Kwani BBI ya Kenya ni yako? Wewe unatualika kama nani? Kwani sisi ni wakimbizi?” (Is BBI yours? On what ground are you inviting us to the BBI meeting? And, are we refugees?)“I am asking Mr Haji (Senator Haji Yusuf) to reveal the venue of the meeting to allow all Kenyans to gather there and air their views.Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi fired a warning to the politicians who are planning to attend the meeting that they should let the Coastal region residents air their views because they are the host of the forum.“When you come here just remember that this a chance for a Coastal resident to discuss the BBI report. So come knowing that you have to give them that chance,” said Governor Kingi.His Mombasa counterpart Governor Hassan Joho cautioned against reducing the BBI meeting into a political rally.

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