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Video: Former pilot in the US now a garbage collector



When Samuel Mwatato flew a Cesna 150 for the first time 30 years ago, he never imagined he will be collecting garbage in Mtwapa, Mombasa.

The 55-year-old – now garbage collector—had an illustrious piloting career in the United States for 15 years before he went jobless.Speaking to KTN News, Mwawato narrated how his journey to the top and back down played out.

He began his career at Wilson airport as a cabin crew before being laid off in 1990.”We used to serve coffee, food and drinks in the plane but I was mostly interested with being a pilot,” a calm Mwawato said during the interview.

Late 1990, Mwawato got a scholarship under the East Coast Methodist Church to study aviation in the US.”I went to Pegasus Flying School and it is here where I flew my first plane which was a Cesna 150,” he said.

He did recreational flying as he flew the aviation students.After living in the US for 15 years, Mwawato decided to come back to Kenya and continue with his piloting career, but this was not to be.He first needed to convert his licence to a commercial one.

Mwawato needed Sh500,000 to get the new licence. He managed to pay the amount after securing a loan but he later failed to earn the license as he only clocked 10 hours of day time flying instead of the required ten hours during the day and night.

He later went to work for a community-based organisation called Responsible Citizen Initiative where he now works as a garbage collector.

His woes would extend to his family after it cut ties with him. He was married with two daughters while in the US.After the failed marriage, he re-married but things didn’t work out and he had to part ways again with his second wife.

“I’m just surviving and hoping for the best, for now I’ll have to do with what is available,” said Mwawato as he quoted the Swahili saying ‘Mchagua jembe si mkulima’.

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Waiguru’s Husband narrates how man asked him to leave his Wife



Lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waguru’s husband has narrated an ordeal in which a man accused him of trying to snatch his wife.

On his Facebook account, Waiganjo narrated that the agitated man told him to leave his wife alone citing that he had been sending her money regularly.

“Who’s this nut I wonder? His evidence? He’s gone through her phone and I send MPESA to her regularly,” read part of the post.

Out of curiosity, the lawyer decided to ask for the woman’s number and ongoing through his contacts he found out she was his daughter’s hairdresser.

“Turns out she’s my two daughter’s Kenyatta Market hairdresser so of course, I M-Pesa her regularly,” he added.

Waiganjo narrated that the man was so embarrassed and apologised profusely, adding that he had saved a marriage.

Kamotho Waiganjo, a lawyer


“I was completely surprised. We had not been talking about formalizing our relationship so I did not expect it. We had just come from holidays and we were celebrating his birthday as we do with close friends every year, “the governor stated.

A traditional Kikuyu ceremony later followed on February 16 – two days after Valentine’s – in Kiamungo, Kirinyaga county with family and invited guests present.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho commented.


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Barclays Bank Sh14m ATM heist was an inside job – DCI Kinoti



The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has confirmed that the theft of sh14 million at various Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) operated by Barclays Bank was an inside job.

According to the DCI, an initial investigation has revealed that the daring heist was executed by employees attached to the bank.

Kinoti said his team of detectives was concluding its probe in readiness to hand over the investigation file to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji’s office for prosecution of those found culpable.

“What happened at Barclays Bank is what we call constructive robbery which is a type of theft committed by employees of an organization. Look at the precision and exactly what was targeted. We are talking about a place that has CCTV cameras. However, those cameras were smeared with some substance,” he said.

On Wednesday detectives arrested a taxi driver and impounded a Probox vehicle suspected to have been used in the theft.

Five Barclays bank officials and a group of G4S security guards were earlier this week taken into custody to aid the police with the investigation.

A string of robberies in the long Easter weekend left Barclays Bank short of more than Sh14 million after four teller machines were broken into in Mutindwa, Mater Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospita and Kenya Cinema all in Nairobi County.


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BREAKING: Evans Kidero arrested again



Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and former Chief of Staff George Wainaina have been arrested.

The arrests come following investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over irregular payment of Sh68 million by the Nairobi City County government to a law firm.

EACC has been investigating allegations of irregular payment of the money to M/S Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company Advocates.

In a press statement, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said that after reviewing the file submitted by EACC, there was enough evidence to charge Dr Kidero and others over the suspected illegal payment.

According to the DPP, the suspects will be charged with, among others, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

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