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How investigators attempted to cover up lawyer Nyakundi in son’s murder case

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In a dramatic twist to one of the most riveting crime investigations in recent Kenyan history, Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has disowned a manslaughter charge against top city lawyer Assa Nyakundi, interdicted senior investigating officers, and ordered a public inquiry into what he calls a “major cover-up”.

The inquiry has the potential of opening a Pandora ’s Box on how crooked police officers intentionally bungle cases by providing sloppy evidence and freeing suspects.

At the heart of the inquiry will be two police officers thought to have attempted to bungle the case and senior officers at the Office of Public Prosecutions who filed a weak manslaughter charge before they even got the ballistics evidence and a post-mortem report.

“Once we finish the inquiry and they are found culpable, we will charge them with conspiracy to defeat justice,” Mr Kinoti said.

Mr Nyakundi is accused of killing his last-born son, Joseph Bogonko, on March 17 this year in mysterious circumstances.

After a six-week sojourn at Nairobi Hospital “due to high blood pressure”, he was finally charged with manslaughter in a Kiambu court last week.

The court then freed him on a Sh1 million bond with a surety of a similar amount, or an alternative cash bail of Sh300,000.

He then moved from his Muthaiga North house, where he lived with his family, to stay alone at Aden Valley Apartments in Nairobi after a fallout within the family over the murder.

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So bad has been the fallout that Mr Nyakundi’s wife Lydia Kunga and eldest son Noah Onsomu have been listed among key witnesses in the case.

FAMILY FALLOUT

They also decided to bury Bogonko at the Lang’ata cemetery in Nairobi rather than Mr Nyakundi’s rural home as dictated by Abagusii customs. Mr Nyakundi skipped the emotional ceremony.

Police records indicate that a fist-fight almost occurred at the Aga Khan Hospital on the day the deceased’s body was taken there.

Relatives allegedly attempted to attack the lawyer and he “escaped towards the main gate”, where he was apprehended by onlookers and handed over to the police.

But it was police failure to arraign him for over six weeks that caught the public attention.

Mr Nyakundi spent time at the city hospital after he told police that he was suffering from high blood pressure and was diabetic.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and Mr Kinoti are said to have been embarrassed by the manslaughter charge and want to recall the charge sheet. The hearing had been set for June 20.

“This is one of those cases I was not briefed at all by my officers,” said Mr Kinoti on Tuesday. “I only heard of the manslaughter charge from the media. Even the DPP was horrified.”

The file in the Kiambu court does not include scene of crime photographs, a scene of crime analysis report, and a ballistics report, which Mr Kinoti says were “intentionally” left out.

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“We took somebody to court and charged him with no investigations reports at all,” said Mr Kinoti.

WITHDRAW CASE

Mr Haji on Tuesday confirmed the intention to withdraw the case.

Police have reconstructed the last days of the deceased and are hoping to unravel what happened after Bogonko, 29, and his father left International Christian Centre on Mombasa Road.

On that day, Mr Nyakundi, his wife and Bogonko had left their Muthaiga North house in a Toyota Axio, which was driven by Bogonko.

Witness statements say that Mr Nyakundi then placed his pistol, loaded with 14 bullets, under the co-driver’s seat since he could not be allowed into the church while armed.

Surveillance footage from the church shows that after Bogonko dropped his parents, he went to look for parking.

The church service ended at 12.10pm and Ms Kunga called her son to bring the car.

But Ms Kunga, being an usher in church, was requested by two friends to accompany them to Mater Hospital to visit a sick child.

The son allowed the father to drive and he took the back seat, unaware that his mother was not going back home with them.

Cameras along Uhuru Highway capture Mr Nyakundi driving towards Museum Hill.

FATAL SHOOTING 

Mr Nyakundi later told the police that as they approached Muthaiga North Road, and a few meters from their home, he stretched his left hand to reach for his firearm but in the process “the firearm holster got stuck”.

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He still managed to pull out the firearm without the holster, he said.

He claimed that it then discharged a single bullet, a version that senior detectives and ballistic experts have dismissed in a report set to be filed in court.

Shortly after he shot his son, Mr Nyakundi called his wife and said “there has been an incident with Bogonko and his gun went off”.

Nurses at the hospital say that Bogonko was dead by the time he was taken to the hospital and was categorised as a medical legal incident which required police attention.

By this time, Mr Nyakundi had left the casualty area and was sitting on concrete slabs at the parking yard of Aga Khan University Hospital.

When asked by the hospital security if he was armed, “he gave out three conflicting statements, uttering that he might have thrown it somewhere on the way, or might be somewhere in the car or in the house,” according to police records.

A day before he died, Bogonko had apparently collided with his father after he bumped into another car on Thika Road with his father’s Toyota Lexus.

Mr Nyakundi is presumed to be innocent and has so far not been convicted of any offence.

source:nation.co.ke

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

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Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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Lolani Kalu lands lucrative TV job 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Former NTV journalist Lolani Kalu is set to make TV comeback after landing a job in a local upcoming TV station.

The talented journalist made headlines a month ago after his plight after retirement was highlighted with his fans calling on the public to come to his rescue.

Speaking to fellow journalists today, Lolani disclosed that he had just signed a one-year contract with TV47 that will see him become coast regional reporter for the station.

According to the 57-year old, the opportunity came after his fans saw him shooting a personal show with one of the artists he was interviewing having TV47 branding.

The excited fans then called the station to find out if he had signed a deal with them and that is what prompted the young TV station to hand Lolani the contract.

He said that he was very grateful and delighted for having another chance in media, adding that the opportunity to work with the station will help him get back on his feet after financial constraints in recent years.

Lolani hopes to revive some of the shows he had while still on NTV like Gumzo Mtaani and Malinmwengu na Lolani at TV47.

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He further promised to give back to his fans who came in scores to support him when his story went viral on social media, making him believe in himself and rise again.

He also lauded supporters who did a fundraiser for him through some of the shows that he has since started since he bought a new camera.

He stated that discussions are in progress with TV47 to schedule the exact date for him to return to the screens after putting pen to paper with the TV station.

Lolani also thanked his fans for believing in his work adding that he spent the money they contributed for him in acquiring equipment including a camera worth Sh370, 000.

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Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The surge in COVID-19 cases outside Nairobi has now begun overwhelming hospitals in other counties, among them Moi Referral.

A report by the Standard said that the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret was getting overrun by COVID-19 patients.

Moi Teaching is the second-largest referral hospital in Kenya after Kenyatta National Hospital.

A doctor speaking to The Standard said that over the past two weeks, the hospital had witnessed a surge in COVID cases.

The facility also doubles up as a COVID-19 testing centre.

“The number of COVID-19 cases in MTRH is shocking. It is really sad witnessing patients in respiratory distress. This is so unfortunate,” the doctor, requesting anonymity, told The Standard.

The doctor also revealed that many of his colleagues were down with the virus, which has infected over 45,000 in Kenya.

The number of patients requiring high volumes of oxygen and ICU admission was rising, the doctor said. He also revealed that the hospital isolation wards were full.

Uasin Gishu has emerged as a county to watch as cases surged there in recent weeks.

Yesterday, the county tied with Nairobi, each reporting 116 cases.

The day before that, it came in third with 17 cases.

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The area governor, Jackson Mandago, confirmed the fast spread of the virus in his county.

“The surge is real. The disease has spread and we have seen people that we know collapsing and dying, only to test positive for COVID-19 post-humously.” Mandago said.

The county recently buried Huruma MCA, Peter Chomba, who succumbed to the virus.

Indeed, residents in Uasin Gishu have lowered their guards completely.

Sources from the area indicate that people have completely discarded masks and are holding funerals and other large gatherings.

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