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Driver tells inquest how late Governor Gakuru was stuck in wreckage for 45 minutes

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There were no efforts by emergency response teams to rescue former Nyeri governor Wahome Gakuru after he got involved in a grisly road accident along Nairobi-Kenol highway, an inquest heard Thursday.

The governor’s Mercedes Benz rammed into a guard rail at Makenji on the morning of November 7, 2017 but the disaster emergency response teams failed to offer help.

Mr Samson Kinyanjui Wanyaga, the governor’s driver, said after hitting the metallic barrier, his foot got stuck on the acceleration pedal. This caused the rail to pierce through the vehicle entering from the front and coming out at the rear for 66 metres.

Mr Gakuru, who was only 77 days old in office, stayed inside the car’s wreckage at the scene of the accident while bleeding profusely and writhing in pain for about 45 minutes with his aides and members of the public struggling to rescue him.

“The death was caused by poor response of the emergency teams. His life could have been saved. There was no effort made to rescue him,” said Mr Wanyaga while testifying before Nyeri chief magistrate Wendy Kagendo.

The witness told the inquest the vehicle had no mechanical problems and was serviceable, contrary to what the current governor Mutahi Kahiga had claimed after taking over the office.

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Days after Dr Gakuru’s death, Mr Kahiga claimed the vehicle was faulty and that he (Kahiga) had been forced to give up his vehicle for use by Dr Gakuru. But the driver insisted the Mercedes car was in good working condition adding that the deceased was changing drivers occasionally. Before Mr Wanyaga, who works with the Ministry of Health, the governor had been chauffeured by at least three other drivers for the short period he was in office.

Before the crash, the car — GVN 019A — had not been used for one week and was at the governor’s residence in Ring Road Estate.

Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Peter Mairanyi together with lawyer Martha Weru, for the Mr Gakuru’s family, told the inquest that the driver caused the governor’s death through commission or was used by other agents. Ms Weru was also representing a consultancy firm headed by Governor Gakuru named as Dhamana Africa.

The inquest heard that the driver was resisting to testify on grounds that he feared for his life. Yesterday morning, after arriving at the court premises, he went to hide at the parking area.

The witness said he was being threatened by people he failed to name and that, sometimes, members of the public confront him at popular joints in Nyeri.

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But the court noted that he has never reported the threats to the police or to the State prosecutor.

The inquest continues Friday.

Source:nairobinews

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There’s a good chance your tin of coffee contains ground-up cockroaches

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Some people can’t start a day without a coffee – and a lot of people might change their coffee habit for good after this.

For most of us who can’t afford a coffee shop-like monster machine to use whole beans, we often reach for big tins and jars of pre-ground beans to keep going for a couple of weeks at least.

A few people oddly develop an allergic reaction to this widely consumed type of coffee. Sucks for them but innocent enough, right?

Wrong. The reason why they start to experience this allergy will make your skin crawl.

That’s because if you’re drinking coffee made from pre-ground beans, there’s also a pretty high chance you’re swigging down ground-up cockroaches.

University of Montana biology professor Douglas Emlen first spilled the beans on the gross finding in a 2009 interview about his research into dung beetles, as reported by news.com.au .

Dr Emlen described how, as a student, he drove across the country with his professor who was ‘fiercely addicted to caffeine’ and often made them drive up to 45 minutes off route to find somewhere that served whole bean fresh ground coffee.

“I remember giving him a really hard time because we were wasting a lot of travel time trying to feed his addiction because he needed a coffee every couple of hours,” said Dr Emlen.

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“And he finally explained to me he had to drink only whole bean fresh ground coffee — and it was because of cockroaches.”

After years of teaching entomology, the study of insects and their relationships with humans, the professor became badly allergic to cockroaches from handling them so often.

He couldn’t touch a cockroach without getting a reaction and suffered similarly when he drank coffee made from pre-ground beans.

When the professor looked into it he found pre-ground coffee is all processed from huge stockpiles that get infested with cockroaches.

He explained that little can be done to filter out the creatures, so they all get ground up along with the beans. Feeling ill yet? Here’s a little more.

Dr Emlen said at the time US defect standards allowed coffee beans to contain as much as 10 percent’ insect filth and insects’.

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Boda boda criminal gang giving residents of Kahawa Wendani sleepless nights

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Residents of Kahawa Wendani estate are slowly losing the trust they have had with boda boda operators following a series of robberies that involve the riders.

For the last two weeks, area residents have experienced an upsurge in crime and are now asking the police to step up and stop the spate of muggings that has hit the area.

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Mr Jairus Kipkorir, who lives in the area, says last weekend he witnessed two men on a boda boda snatching a phone from a woman and then speeding off.

“They did it so fast and before the woman could do anything they had already disappeared,” Kipkorir told Nairobi News.

Such incidents have become common in recent times in the area, according to the residents.

Another area resident, Ishmael Makau, narrated to Nairobi News how on Thursday last week, two men on a motorbike snatched a handbag from another woman just a few meters from the Kahawa bus terminus.

“Some people saw the incident attempted to give chase but the thugs somehow managed to escape,” he said.

Lucky Summer residents have also raised similar concerns over a gang that is unleashing terror on them at night.

ATTACKED AND ROBBED

On Sunday night, a woman who was walking from Baba Dogo estate, was accosted, attacked and robbed by two men as members of the public watched in dismay.

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Ms Tabitha Karungu said that her attackers wrestled her to the ground and stole and made away with her handbag.

“The number of touts famously known as Makanga is high in this estate. Something should be done about it,” she said.

She also narrated how on Sunday she saw touts beating up a man because he vomited in a bus.

“The man looked sick and we were forced to intervene and stop the touts from beating him up,” she said.

Nairobi News

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WATCH: Mariga struggles to answer questions from journalists

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McDonald Mariga appears to be encountering challenges in his bid to transition from a star footballer to a politician.

On Sunday, the former Harambee Stars player appeared to struggle to respond to questions from journalists while on the campaign trail.

Mariga had organised a football tournament involving the local teams and took that opportunity to push for his sports agenda in the event he is elected to office to succeed the late Ken Okoth on November 7.

It took the intervention of Langata lawmaker Nixon Korir to help the former Inter Milan midfielder to respond to a question from NTV journalist Seth Olale on live TV.

Seth Olale: Mariga, it is just three weeks to the by-election, so far, in terms of your strategy, is it working for you? And in terms of some of the issues raised by your campaign team in terms of security, have they been addressed? And so far how is the ground in Kibra?

Mariga (responds in Swahili): Ground iko poa but today ilikuwa mambo ya sports sitaki kuongelea mambo mingi. Nataka tulaunch sports Kibra, na tu-nurture talents. (The ground is okay, but we are focusing on sports today, my aim is to nurture talent).

At this point Koriri interjects and continues answering the question, despite indications from the journalists present that Mariga should field the questions.

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Korir: Generally, we are doing well… you know where the violence is coming from. We are not a violent group. You can see right now all the players that are playing today are from different political parties but we’ve been unified today by football.

ODM’s Bernard ‘Imran’ Okoth, Eluid Owalo of ANC and Khamisi Butichi of Ford-Kenya alongside Mariga considered front runners in the Kibra race which has attracted a total of 26 contestants.

by Nairobi News

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