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Nyakundi’s son: Wife now wants husband set free over son’s killing



The case in which city lawyer Assa Nyakundi is charged with killing his son took a new twist Friday when it emerged that his wife, who was one of the key prosecution witnesses, recanted her initial statement implicating him and now wants him back home.


Mrs Lydia Nyakundi — in submissions by her lawyers and those representing Mr Nyakundi — told the court that she has accepted the situation and moved on and wants to reunite with her husband, who was two weeks ago ordered not to go to his house.

Mr Nyakundi has been charged with killing his last-born son Joseph Bogonko on March 17 in mysterious circumstances. He was charged with manslaughter in what Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti believes was a result of bungled investigations.

His wife and eldest son Noah Nyakuru were witnesses in the case, which the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) now wants terminated and the lawyer discharged after details emerged that there were deliberate cover-ups by investigators.

On Friday, the DPP made a nolle prosequi application before Kiambu Principal Magistrate Teresia Nyangena and hinted that prosecutors intended to lodge more serious charges against Mr Nyakundi.


Mr Kinoti interdicted investigating officers in the case and ordered a public inquiry into what he called a “major cover-up”.

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But Mrs Nyakundi’s lawyers told the court that she considered the death of her son an “accident”.

They told the court that she had carried out her own investigations and established that it was not murder and that her husband is innocent.


“A ground has been given as to what led to the death of our dear son, it was an accident (and) that has been said clearly. The wife has actually admitted that that was an accident (and) she has believed her husband. She has done her own investigations and discovered that it was an accident,” Mr Khaminwa said.

The development is likely to complicate matters for prosecutors, who were hoping to use Mrs Nyakundi and Mr Nyakuru’s testimony to nail the lawyer.

The lawyers asked the court to review orders issued last week barring Mr Nyakundi from accessing his Muthaiga home or contacting his family on the grounds that they wanted him back and that barring him from his home was wicked and immoral.

Mrs Nyakundi’s lawyers argued that barring him from his family did not sit well with the victims, particularly the wife, “who has been in a holy union with the accused person for over four decades”.

The burial of Lawyer Nyakundi’s son. FILE PHOTO

Mr Nyakundi’s lawyers said the accused, who has been living in a rented apartment in Kilimani following the court order, should be allowed “to rejoin his lovely wife and children”, saying they are willing to take him back, an eventuality the court cannot stop.

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“What you (prosecution) are doing to Nyakundi is wicked, immoral and completely unacceptable. We cannot destroy a family in this manner. We are destroying Nyakundi’s family, his wife is longing for her husband,” said lead defence lawyer John Khaminwa.


“No woman in her senses, knowing or having any evidence that her husband is responsible for the death of her son, would want to have him back and share the same roof and bed. No woman would do such a thing. The woman in this particular case wants her husband back, the children want their father back,” he told the court and accused the DPP of acting recklessly.

He claimed that the DPP wanted the lawyer discharged so that they could have him rearrested, given the huge presence of police officers in court precincts.

But prosecutors argued that the claims were not in good faith, saying it was shocking that Mrs Nyakundi appeared uninterested in pursuing justice for her son even after new evidence indicated that the offence was not manslaughter. Mrs Nyakundi, they said, was a witness who had already recorded a statement under Section 127 of the Evidence Act.

The hearing continues on Friday next week.


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Man who lost wife, children in Ethiopian plane crash to testify in US



A man who lost his wife, three children and his mother-in-law in the ET302 Ethiopian Airline crash in March this year will today testify before the congress in the US.

Mr Paul Njoroge, 34, in an interview with US media said Boeing should scrap the plane and the top executives should resign and face criminal charges.

The distraught Kenyan said Boeing should have grounded the 737 Max planes after a previous deadly crash off the Indonesian Coast in October last year, but instead they kept allowing them in the sky.

USA Today reported that Mr Njoroge said if Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration had done their job properly, the planes would have been grounded in November last year.

“Today, I would be enjoying summer with my family, I would be playing football with my son,” the US news site quoted him.

Mr Njoroge will be the first relative of the crash victims to testify before the congress, over the crash that claimed the lives of 346 passengers when the two planes crashed in Indonesia and Bishoftu in Ethiopia.


He had earlier said that the families of the passengers had several demands that they wanted met before the aircraft model is allowed to fly again, citing ‘irredeemable design flaws’

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A Chicago aviation lawyer, Robert Clifford, is sueing Boeing on Mr Njoroge’s behalf over the deaths of his wife, Carol, his son and daughters, 6-year-old Ryan, 4-year-old Kelli and 9-month-old Rubi, and his mother-in-law.

The Max was grounded worldwide shortly after that crash and it’s not clear when it will be certified to fly again.

American Airlines and United Airlines earlier this month both said they will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off their schedule until November 3, leading to flight cancellations.

Mr Njoroge’s mother in law Anne Wangui Karanja, his wife and three children perished as they were coming home from Canada to introduce the youngest member of the family to Anne’s husband, Quindos Karanja in Kwa Amos village, Kabatini, in Bahati, Nakuru County.

Anne had been living in Canada for five months, where she had gone to help her daughter, after giving birth and had two other young children to take care of.


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Body positivity: Kenyan celebrities who ignored body-shamers



A number of celebrities have come forth preaching body positivity as they encourage women to love and embrace their bodies no matter what society thinks of them.

However, the internet is crawling with body-shamers who, like hyenas that have caught the scent of blood, are out to put down anyone whose body they deem unfit.

In a video shared her Instagram, media personality Lynda Nyangweso opened up about being body shamed. “Somebody called me whale,” she said in the video. “The meanest comment I ever got was that I didn’t deserve to have a child because of how I looked.

“When I was young, I would never eat in public. People would stare at me when I ate that I started eating in the toilet,” she confessed, her voice shaking as she recalled those hurtful moments.

The shaming got so bad that Lynda even contemplated suicide: “The only reason I didn’t go through with the suicide was because I worried that my mum wouldn’t find a coffin that fit me.”

Like Lynda, some celebrities have not let this cyber-bullying get to them. They are unashamed to wear what they like, take photos and even share them on social media all in an effort to put the shamers to shame.

“My sadness is for other girls who have to go through this,” Lynda says.

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“If I was to meet a bully I would show kindness. Stop following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Protect your peace,” she concludes.


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Man loses leg in attack by hyena



A middle-aged man from Kyeleni village has lost his right leg after being mauled by a hyena on Monday night. Sources indicate the man, now admitted to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital, encountered the beast on his way home from a local shopping center.

He was later rescued by passers-by who rushed to the scene of the attack after he unleashed frantic screams.It is suspected that the beast strayed from Mt Kilimambogo’s Ol Donyo Sabuk National Reserve.

Kenya Wildlife Service officer, Polycarp Okuku who confirmed the incident said the victim was in a stable condition.

“The patient is recuperating in the hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Members of the public should report any wild animals they see in their neighbourhoods so that KWS can take necessary action to avert incidents such as this,” said Okuku

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