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My daughter was everything to me: Mother mourns daughter, 24, shot dead by lover



Rebecca Maonga next to the grave of her daughter, Christine Maonga

Rebecca Maonga stands next to her daughter’s newly cemented grave at Kaunda village in Kakamega County.

She stares at the fresh flowers on the grave, a sign of the love she had for her departed child.

“Accepting that Christine is gone forever is difficult. She meant everything to me and the family. Her death was a major setback,” says Rebecca.

Patrick Oita Nyapara, an Administration Police officer who was her lover, is said to have shot Christine Maonga dead at Nambacha village in Navakholo on March 14. She was 24.

Oita was taken to court and granted Sh1 million bond and a surety of the same amount on April 9.

Rebecca says Christine had just landed a job with the Teachers Service Commission and was preparing to report to St Monica Butunyi Secondary in Busia County, where she had been posted. She was killed before she could report for duty.

“She had promised to pay school fees for her siblings, including her younger brother in Form One at Mang’u High School,” says Rebecca.

Christine, a mother to a four-year-old girl, had been volunteering as a teacher at Navakholo Secondary School.

“Everything you see in this house, including the sofa sets, was bought by my daughter. She also provided food and anything else we needed in this house,” says Rebecca.

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She says taking care of her orphaned grandchild has been a big challenge because she is not always able to provide for her.

In Butere, Caren Kagesh, 28, was allegedly hacked to death by her husband, Tobias Tulula Akoyi, 33, on November 30, last year. She left behind three children aged two, three and five. Benson Akoyi, Kagesh’s father-in-law, yesterday told The Standard at his Ebuloma village home in Marenyo, Butere sub-county, which his son tried to commit suicide after killing his wife.

“My son always started quarrels with his wife… he was a violent man. He could beat her senseless after drinking and smoking bhang. We always lived in fear. He had threatened to chop all of us into pieces the day he killed his wife,” said Akoyi.

Akoyi claims his son tried to hang himself with a rope after killing Kagesh, but neighbours saved him.

“He took off after regaining consciousness and is still at large. We don’t know where he is and whether he is still alive or dead. The family of his wife came here and set his house ablaze, reducing everything inside to ashes,” said Akoyi.

He said they paid a fine of five cattle and Sh50,000 to Kagesh’s family for her death.

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Miriam Akoyi, the suspect’s mother, said they were living in fear, which had forced her husband to leave his job as a cook in a secondary school in Kisumu so he could stay home to provide security for the family. “The problem we have is looking after the children. We have been told we cannot be allowed to process their birth certificates until we prove their parents are not alive. We are appealing for help to raise these children since we are poor,” said Miriam.

Douglas Anyembe, a neighbour, urged police to trace and apprehend Tulula.


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Guess the cost of Sonko t-shirt which was torn during his arrest



The t-shirt which Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko wore when he was arrested last week in Voi causing lots of chatter among netizens, and it’s not because of how good it looks.

Pictures of the governor standing with his shirt torn on the side after his arrest became a topic of discussion online.

However, it’s the cost of the t-shirt which has set tongues wagging.

That particular t-shirt that Sonko wore is from Italian luxury fashion house Versace.


According to a global fashion website Ikrix the t-shirt, which is already out of stock, goes for $531 which translates to Sh53,976 according to the current exchange rate.

Sonko’s love for the fine things in life is evident in his expensive taste that has earned him the title of the most flamboyant governor in Kenya.

In fact, a few weeks ago Sonko shared pictures of his expensively assembled dining room with gold-plated tables and chairs.


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Flights to be delayed as JKIA, Wilson airports to be closed for an hour on Jamhuri Day



Flights to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Wilson Airport are expected to be delayed for an hour as the two airports will be closed on Thursday as Kenyans mark Jamhuri Day celebrations.

Flight 540 has advised its customers that the two airports will be closed for an hour between 11am and 12pm hence affecting the normal programming or causing delays.

“Due to Jamhuri Day celebrations, no flights will be allowed to take off or land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport between 11am and 12pm. If you will be traveling with us on that date, your flight might be delayed,” read the advisory.

The notice also added that the passengers who will be affected with the closure will be advised accordingly, with a pledge that they will be contacted on the way forward.

This is not the first time JKIA is being closed for the celebrations.

In 2016, the airport was also closed for an hour, from 11.20am to allow the military to perform drills in preparation for the Jamhuri Day celebrations.

A similar incident happened in 2017 when JKIA was temporarily shut down causing delayed flights.

This years’ Jamhuri Day celebrations will be held at Nyayo Stadium in commemoration of 56 years of Kenya’s independence.

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US athlete who inspired ‘ice bucket challenge’ dies



A former US college baseball player who helped inspire the global phenomenon known as the “ice bucket challenge” to tackle a deadly neurodegenerative disease has died at the age of 34, his family said Monday.
A one-time college athlete from the Boston area, Pete Frates’ struggle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was one of the inspirations behind the ice bucket challenge which took social media by storm in 2014.

Millions took up the challenge which involved dousing themselves with a bucket of ice cold water and posting the video online, before making a donation to medical research and daring others to do the same.

A galaxy of celebrities, high-profile personalities and entire sports teams took part in the challenge, including Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and even former US president George W. Bush.

The campaign has reportedly raised more than $200 million to fund research into ALS, whose sufferers’ bodies slowly shut down as their nervous systems degenerate.

The condition, officially known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is more commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease after another baseball player who died of it in 1941.

“Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS,” his family said in a statement.

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“Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families, the statement said.

Frates’ friend Corey Griffin, a 27-year-old philanthropist who was instrumental in helping the fund-raising campaign go viral, died in a swimming accident shortly after the online phenomenon took off.


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